Lieutenant Hugh Godfrey De Lisle Bush Gloucestershire Regiment

Written by Karen Day
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Hugh De Lisle Bush died on the 17th of January 1917,.

Born 1st April 1892 at Eastington Park, Eastington, Gloucestershire to Alfred George De Lisle Bush and mother Florence, he was educated at Eton. Part of Eton Officer Training Corps 1906-1909 he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 1909 with Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and then commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 15th August 1914.

John Lysaghts Ltd

His mother Florence was the daughter of John Lysaght and so it will be of no surprise to find him pre war working for J Lysaght Ltd as a Blast Furnace Assistant Manager in his Grandfather's Scunthorpe works which opened in 1912. This was a significant time in the history of our local area with the existing works and opening of J Lysaght Ltd bringing another influx of migrant workers, my own family included. Historians would be able to give a better summary than I but from my understanding of our local social history the knock on effect, particularly post war, was new building, new infrastructure, new businesses, the five villages of Crosby, Frodingham, Scunthorpe, Brumby and Ashby forming as the Borough of Scunthorpe and all leading to the glory years of steel making in Scunthorpe.

H G De Lisle Bush was a member of the Gloucestershire Regiment 3rd Battalion, Special Reserve and disembarked in France to join 1st Battalion on 20th September 1914, mentioned in despatches 31st May 1915 and 22nd June 1915. He was wounded at Loos, 6th October 1915 with a gun shot wound to his right thigh he died in Mrs Burn's Hospital for Officers in Torquay on 17th of January 1917 a year and 3 months later aged 24. As sad time for the family also losing another son in August 1917, John, a Captain in the Royal Flying Corps., 41st Sqdn. and Somerset Light Infantry.

BUSH, H. G. DE LISLE, M.C., Lieut., The Gloucestershire Regt., eldest s. of G. de Lisle Bush, of Eastington Park, co. Gloucester educ. Park Hill Lyndhurst, and Eton: obtained a commission; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders; was awarded the Military Cross for gallant conduct in the field, having rescued under heavy fire and brought again to action one of his machine guns with its complement of men, which had been buried by a shell; he was also mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service the field. He took part in the Battle of Loos in 1915, and received wounds from which he died 17 Jan. 1917, in the Military Hospital for Officers at Torquay. He was a keen sportsman, and enthusiastic rider to the late Lord Fitzhardinge's hounds, and an excellent shot.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918
The Memorial in Foxhills Club Scunthorpe
The Memorial in Foxhills Club Scunthorpe
© Charles Anderson

Lieutenant H G De Lisle Bush MC is named as one of the 52 employees from the Scunthorpe works who gave their lives during the 1914 - 1918 war. The memorial plaque erected by J Lysaghts Ltd can be found at what is now Foxhills Club or Institute, Ferry Rd., Scunthorpe, it was originally Lysaghts Steelworks Social Club. The Lysaghts Works Plaque now resides on a wall at Scunthorpe Museum. You will also find on this memorial Cyril S Allen and from the Second World War, Richard J R Mann and Gordon H Young.

He is also commemorated at Eastington near Stonehouse War Memorial in Eastington (St. Michael and All Angels) churchyard, close to his home in Gloucestershire. He appears on the Combe Florey War Memorial too, in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul Church, Combe Florey which would have been close to his maternal family home in Somerset.

Record Details for Hugh Godfrey De Lisle Bush

First Names:Hugh Godfrey
Initials:H. G.
Surname:De Lisle Bush
Birthplace:Eastington Park, Gloucestershire
Death Date:
Family Info:Eldest son of Alfred George De Lisle Bush, of Eastington Park, co. Gloucester
Service:British Army
Regiment:Gloucestershire Regiment
Commemorated:Eastington near Stonehouse War Memorial
Grave:EASTINGTON (ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS) CHURCHYARD - North West of church by boundary. Map
Place of Death:Military Hospital for Officers at Torquay, Wounded in the Battle of Loos in 1915


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