1886 – 1918

Ernest was born 1886 in Rushmere Suffolk the eldest of five children born to William Thomas Rush born 1859 in Rushmere & Caroline Rush nee Skeet born 1857 in Tattingstone they were married on 15th November 1884 at St Mary’s Church Capel St Mary Suffolk. Earnest’s siblings were Maud b1888 Ethel b1890 Hiesel b1891 and Joseph b1902 all in Rushmere, their Father William was a Farm Labourer.

Ernest worked as a stockman on a farm until he joined the Army enlisting in the Suffolk Regiment in 1904, he married Flossie Ellen King in Ipswich in 1913,the family home was in the Street Capel St Mary near the Post Office, they had a son Frank E Louvain Rush who was baptized in St Mary’s Church Capel St Mary on 29th October 1916. After Ernest was Killed Flossie remarried Herbert Walter Webb in 1923 she died in Ipswich in 1954.

Ernest rose through the ranks as he saw action in the early days of the war as one of what the Kaiser described as Britain’s contemptible little Army until finely being promoted to 2nd Liuetenant on 1st April 1918 he was killed in action on 28 April 1918 after 14 years service.

He is remembered with Honour on the Rushmere War Memorial, and in Happy Valley British Cemetery Fampoux France Grave A.12

Ernest was posthumously awarded:

  1. The 1914 Star

  2. The British War Medal 1914-1918

  3. The Victory Medal 1914 – 1919

His Next of Kin would also have received The Memorial Plaque and Scroll

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