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John Edward Scott Bush


Lieutenant-Commander John Edward Scott Bush

The son of Clifton player Robert Edwin Bush. He was born on the 2nd April 1909. He was educated at Clifton College from 1922 to 1927.

Standing: John Edward Scott Bush. Front (L-R): Paul Tobin Bush , Diana Mary Bush, ?.

Above Robert Bush's children in 1917.

He played for Clifton in the 1929-30 season

Above Bush just before he died

J.E.S.Bush served on HMS Hood between 1928 and 1929 see

He married Patricia Marriott, daughter of James Edmund later Strickland Marriott of Cotesbach, Leicestershire. The Marriott family still own and live at Cotesbach Hall.

He was killed on H.M.S.Kipling on the 23rd May 1941 aged 32 during the evacuation of allied soldiers from Crete after the German invasion of the island. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Above HMS Kipling. She was eventually destroyed on the 11th May 1942 by dive bombers in the meditteranean.

His obituary in The Times on the 4th September 1941 said

LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER JOHN EDWARD SCOTT BUSH, R.N., who was reported missing, believed killed, in June last, and is now officially presumed killed, was the son of the late Mr. R.E. Bush, D.L., J.P., and Mrs. Bush, of Bishop's Knoll, Stoke Bishop, Bristol. He joined the Navy with a special entry cadetship in September, 1927, and after a year's training in the Erebus was a midshipman in the Hood, the Tiger, and the Sussex at home and in the Mediterranean. He was promoted sub-lieutenant in 1931, and lieutenant in 1932. His subsequent ships had included the destroyers Vesper, Walker, and Brazen, the sloops Snapdragon and Harrow, and the cruiser Aurora, flagship of the Home Fleet flotillas. In March, 1939, he was appointed to the destroyer Kipling while she was still under construction. He married Patricia, only daughter of the Rev. J.E. and Mrs. Marriott, of Cotesbach Hall, Rugby.

Above signed commemorative anniversary envelope