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Private Alan Lush

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Alan Barling Lush

Ancestor's date of birth: 22/04/1872

Ancestor's date of death: 22/09/1944

Cause of Death: Senility, for a 'period of X months', and Chronic Bronchitis, for a period of 8 years.

Service Number: 258

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 01/03/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT

Murray Page: 472

Contingent: 3rd Queensland

Ship: Duke of Portland, Date of Sailing: 01/03/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Mentioned in Despatches - Elands River

Personal Characteristics: Born Donhead St Andrew Wiltshire 1872, arrived Melbourne 1886. Served with British South African Police - wounded in 1st Matabele War 1893. Married Sydney 1894. Gold prospector Clermont (Qld) 1895-99. WWI record for previous service showed 'BSAP Queensland Bushmen, South African Railway during War, in charge repairing Armoured Train. Mentioned in Despatches at Elands River'. Trade or calling was Railway Construction Expert.

Reasons to go and fight: Restless spirit?. Sense of adventure? Unable to settle into married life?

Details of service in war: Arrived back in Brisbane on "Tongariro" on 3rd May 1901, ahead of main contingent. Suffering from Chronic Ague, discharged on 17th May 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: Enlisted in AIF, 29th August 1914, Regimental No 947, G Coy, 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade. Landed on Gallipoli 25th April 1915, shot in left buttock same day. Evacuated 30th to Egypt, then Manchester. Arrived Sydney 20th November on "Suevic", discharged as medically unfit on 8th February 1916. Enlisted again 12th December 1916, Regimental No 3163. Served in 36th Battalion, 9th Brigade in France, March/April 1918 (gassed at Villers-Brettoneux), then in 35th Battalion (gassed again in August). Discharged in Sydney 10th July 1919 as medically unfit (Gas Poisoning). Apparently separated from his wife, he lived in Queensland 1921-1934 and worked for Queensland Railways as a ganger. Sailed to England March 1930, intending to stay permanently, but changed his mind and returned to Brisbane November 1931. Back in Sydney by 1941, and died at Prince of Wales Hospital September 1944. Buried in Botany Cemetery.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Alan Frederick Lush, Blackheath NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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