8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
07/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
John Joseph Rush was a son of Francis and Mary Rush. John was of born in Derryloran, Cookstown 26th December 1894. John was one of 15 children. By 1911, only 8 were still living. His father, Frank Rush, worked on the railway. The family lived in Killymoon Demesne, Cookstown. John Rush enlisted at Cookstown, joining the Inniskillings on the 20th November 1914. He was 19 years old. By June 1917, he had attained the rank of Corporal. Corporal John Rush was serving with the 8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action at the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917. He was 22 years old.
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.