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George Alfred RUSH

Regimental number1045
Place of birthNewcastle, New South Wales
SchoolForster Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressNelson's Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 3.5"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinElizabeth Rush, Nelson's Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 October 1914
Place of enlistmentOmrah, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
57
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Charlotte RUSH, Morpeth, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1390A Company Sergeant Major Cecil RUSH CdeG, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919; Sister: Sister Edith D. RUSH RRC, Australian Army Nursing Service, returned to Australia, 24 January 1920; Cousins: Captain Horace Roy RUSH, 20th Bn, killed in action, 15 November 1916; Lt Bertie Danson RUSH MC, 30th Bn, died of wounds, 4 September 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 March 1915.

Posted missing, 25 April 1915.

Reported to be in hospital, no date stated.

No trace found of Private Rush being in a Malta hospital, 4 March 1916.

No record of Private Rush returning to Australia found, 4 December 1916.

Court of Enquiry, France, 31 December 1916, pronounced fate as 'believed Killed in Action, 25 April 1915'; now, 22 February 1917, officially reported as 'Killed in Action, 25 April 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RUSH George Alfred

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