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13/02/2017 By the time of the 1911 census, the family had moved to Clare, Cookstown. John Rush was 15 years old and employed as a mill worker. His father Frank was a plate later.
13/02/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 9th July 1917:
13/02/2017 Corporal Joseph Rush, fifth son of Mr Frank Rush, Clare, Cookstown, was killed in action on 7th June. He joined the Inniskillings on the 20th November 1914, and after a year’s training went to the front, where he died at the age of 22 years.
13/02/2017 Last Testament and Will of Corporal John Rush dated 28th March 1917:
13/02/2017 John Joseph Rush was a son of Francis and Mary Rush. Francis Rush married Mary Devlin on 6th November 1878 in the district of Cookstown.
13/02/2017 John Rush was of born in Derryloran, Cookstown 26th December 1894. John was one of 15 children. By 1911, only 8 were still living.
13/02/2017 The 1901 census shows Joseph as 6 years old. His father, Frank Rush, was described as a Gov. R Employee. The family lived in Killymoon Demesne, Cookstown.
13/02/2017 John Rush enlisted at Cookstown, joining the Inniskillings on the 20th November 1914. He was 19 years old.
13/02/2017 In November 1915, after a year’s training, he went to the front.
13/02/2017 By June 1917, John had seen action in many of the major battles and was well used to life in the trenches. He had attained the rank of Corporal.
13/02/2017 Corporal John Rush was first reported missing and the family at home had an anxious wait before news of his death was confirmed.
13/02/2017 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.
13/02/2017 Corporal John Joseph Rush has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
13/02/2017 The CWGC record Corporal John Joseph Rush as the son of Frank and Mary Rush of Clare Bridge, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
13/02/2017 Known family: Francis Rush, Mary Rush, James Rush (born about 1881), Francis, Rush (born about 1882), Henry Rush (born 26th March 1884), Patrick Rush (born 8th February 1886), Elizabeth Rush (born 3rd May 1888, died 7th March 1889), Mary Rush (born 3rd May 1888, died 1st February 1894, age 6), Bridget Rush (born 29th June 1889), Theresa Rush (born 6th July 1890, died 1st February 1894, age 4), Joseph (born 30th November 1892, died 31st January 1894, age 1), John Joseph Rush (born 26th December 1894), Mary Anna Rush (born 10th February 1897), Domanick Rush (born 3rd August 1899), Thomas Rush (born 22nd December 1900), Sarah Jane Rush (born 1st July 1905).
30/12/2015 In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother, Mrs Mary Rush, Clare, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, Ireland
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