Bertie Danson RUSH MC

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RUSH, Bertie Danson

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 4 September 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wickham, New South Wales, Australia, 27 January 1890
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Commercial Traveller
Died: SW to head, France, 4 September 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Herbecourt British Cemetery
Row A, Grave 14 Headstone Inscription "UNTIL THE DAWN AND EARTH'S DARK SHADOWS FLEE"
Memorials: Baulkham Hills William Thompson Masonic School War Memorial, Mayfield Masonic Lodge St George 78, Newcastle (Gardner Memorial) War Memorial, Newcastle East Roll of Honour, Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion
7 Oct 1916: Involvement 30th Infantry Battalion
7 Oct 1916: Embarked 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
2 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion
24 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, Stayed on duty
25 Jul 1918: Honoured Military Cross, Polygon Wood, Attached 5th Australian Divisional Pack Transport Troop, Glencourse Wood, 26/9/1917 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of transport. His convoy was heavily shelled and thrown into confusion. Though wounded, he rallied his men, re-formed the column under heavy fire, and completed the journey. On another occasion, when the column were broken up by shell fire he re-formed the party, re-loaded the wagons and got them to their destination. He showed great courage and coolness.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110 Date: 25 July 1918
4 Sep 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Sidney and Alice RUSH of Ocean Terrace, Newcastle

Military Cross

'For conspiuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of transport. His convoy was heavily shelled and thrown into confusion. Though wounded, he rallied his men, re-formed the column under heavy fire, and completed the journey. On another occasion, when the column were broken up by shell fire he re-formed the party, re-loaded the wagons and got them to their destination. He showed great courage and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Sidney Frank and Alice Amelia RUSH, of "Ocean Terrace", Newcastle, New South Wales.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
 
Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

103 years ago today, on the 4th September 1918, Lieutenant Bertie Danson Rush M.C.Sandgate Cemetery, 30th Battalion, commercial traveller from 4 "Ocean Terrace", Newcastle East, New South Wales, Died of Wounds (about 1 P.M.) at Perrone, age-28.

Born at Wickham, New South Wales on the 27th January 1890 to Sidney Frank (died 1919) and Alice Amelia (died 1943) Rush, Bertie enlisted September 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 5.4.1917 (inguinal hernia, mild), 8.2.1918 (tonsilitis), 22.2.1918 (appendicitis, slight), and Wounded in Action - 4.9.1918 (SW head), Bert is resting at Herbecourt British Cemetery, France. Plot A Grave 14.

Awarded Military Cross 14.2.1918.
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of transport. His convoy was heavily shelled and thrown into confusion. Though wounded, he rallied his men, re-formed the column under heavy fire, and completed the journey. On another occasion, when the column was broken up by shell fire he re-formed the party, re-loaded the wagons and got them to their destination. He showed great courage and coolness.'

Mr. Rush’s name has been inscribed on the Gardner Memorial, Book of Gold, Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll, Mayfield Masonic Lodge St George No-78 Roll of Honour (photo, unveiled on the 11th July 1916, 19 names now inscribed, 1 Fallen), Newcastle East Public School Roll of Honour, Baulkham Hills - World War 1 Memorial - William Thompson Masonic Schools and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

I have placed poppies at the gravesite of Bert’s parents in remembrance of the supreme sacrifice of their son for King and Country. ANGLICAN 1-08. 30.

Lest We Forget.

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