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Reuben Harold BUSH

Regimental number2128
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
AddressBelmont, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Thomas Bush, Colac Road, Belmont, Victoria
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

'In the 15th Australian Infantry Brigade's operation on the 26th instant at POLYGON WOOD, Private BUSH R.M. was one of a detachment of this Battery which was attached to a company of the 59th Battalion. This Company was on the right flank of our Brigade attack. When the 59th Battalion had captured their objective, this detachment 'dug in' with them. Later in the day movement was observed on the right and slightly in front of the detachment's position, knowing that the Brigade on our right had not advanced that far, Private BUSH, in face of the heavy artillery and Machine gun fire, crawled out from his gun emplacement, to see if the movement was caused by the enemy or some of our own men who had lost their direction. Having discovered that the movement was caused by an enemy post. Private BUSH crawled back and directed the fire of his Trench Mortar. lave five of the enemy were found dead in the post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1306 Pte Edwin George BUSH, 13th Light Horse Regiment, died of wounds, 4 November 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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