2nd Lieutenant John Wheler Bush
John Wheler Bush was born in 1886 to Robert Francis Evans Bush and Grace Marianne Bush. Baptised 29th October 1886 in St. Andrews Parish at Holy Trinity Church Rugby. His father was a schoolmaster and the family, before John was born, consisted of his parents and his elder brothers Paul and Raymond and were living at 23, Hillmorton Road Rugby. The following year, 1887, John’s father, Robert, died at the age of 32 years. The family then were living in Goldington Avenue, Bedford in 1891 with Grace Bush given as living on her own means. On the 1901 census the family is back in Rugby and resided at 17, Warwick Street, Rugby. John and Raymond were attending Rugby School and their elder brother Paul was an engineering Steam Electrical Pupil and their mother was on the staff of NSPCC. They also have a servant, a cook, Elizabeth Davidson, with them.
John married Hester Francis Cobb in 21st November 1914 at Marylebone London.
He joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers and his wife was living, at the time of his death at 72 Redcliffe Square, Earls Court, London.
There appears to be no known grave for John and his date of death is given as between 25th and 28th September, 1915. His name is on the Loos Memorial , panel 47A.
Rugby Advertiser 16th October 1915
BUSH – Killed in action in Flanders, September 28th, 2nd Lieutenant John Wheler Bush, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers aged 29. Youngest son of the late Robert Francis Evans Bush of Rugby, and Mrs. Bush, a dearly loved husband of Hester Frances Bush.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM