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WW2 RAF Family Medal Group, Casualty - Attributed To Rush

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WW2 RAF medal groups awarded to the Rush family who served with the RAF. I’m not sure of the relationship between these two recipients, the details of their awards are as follows:

906843, Leading Aircraftman William John Rush MID, who served with 36 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve:

1939-45 Star unnamed as issued.

Africa Star unnamed as issued.

Defence Medal unnamed as issued.

British War Medal (with MID Emblem) unnamed as issued.

The medals are loose and come with the original MID certificate dated 11th June 1942.

626481, Sergeant Robert Charles Rush, RAF:

1939-45 Star unnamed as issued.

Africa Star unnamed as issued.

Italy Star unnamed as issued.

Defence Medal unnamed as issued.

British War Medal (with MID Clasp) unnamed as issued.

The medals are loose and come with their Air Council Medal Award Slip along with his Service Pay Book and his request to remain in the RAF service post 1945. Accompanying both groups is an RAF swatch and a Sergeant’s insignia wrist band. 

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In regards to William John Rush, he was born in 1903 and lived and worked as a school groundsman in Suffolk. His entry on the 1939 Register can be viewed by clicking on here, (if you have a subscription to ‘find my past’). I have no details as to when he joined the services, but he was mentioned in despatches, in June 1942, his entry in the London Gazette can be viewed by clicking on here. He was killed in action on the 20th July 1943. His Commonwealth War Graves Index entry can be viewed by clicking on here.

This entry indicates that he was serving with Number 36 Squadron, whose actions and activities can be viewed by clicking on here.

He is laid to rest at the El Alia Cemetery in Algeria, this cemetery was established after allied troops made a series of landings on the Algerian coast in early November 1942. From there, they swept east into Tunisia, where the North African campaign came to an end in May 1943 with the surrender of the Axis forces he was the son of William and Hester Mary Rush, of Kesgrave, Suffolk, their entry in the 1939 Register is within the same district as William John’s, and can be viewed by clicking on here, again if you have access to ‘find my past’.

In regards to Robert Charles Rush, he was born in September 1919. He worked as a civilian and enlisted into the RAF in November 1938 aged 19.

Whilst in the RAF he was promoted several times, his last one to Sergeant in November 1944. His service book references the issue of the Africa Star ribbon but it makes no other reference as to where he served, although the last dated reference in the service book is dated 1949, so it seems that when the war ended he stayed with the service.

Whilst I can’t immediately make the link between Robert Charles Rush and William John Rush, a review on Ancestry only indicates a single Robert Charles who was born in 1919, he also appears to have been born in Suffolk, which leads me to believe that they are related in some way. The Ancestry link to this person can be viewed by clicking on here.

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Seller Information:
  • Sellers Name:
    Phil Haigh
  • Item Location:
    Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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