Joseph Henry Bush

Date of birth: 1900
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Warwickshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 29337
Died: 10 August 1919, aged 18 years
Buried: Southampton Hollybrook Cemetery (Plot B, Row 4, Grave 143)


Joseph was the second of 4 siblings born to Henry and Sophia Bush (nee Gayton), who married in Southampton in 1897.

Henry was born in Bristol in 1874 and he died in Southampton in 1942.

Sophia was born in Southampton and passed away in the city in 1926.


The family was boarding with the Bellem family at 82 Dover Street, St. Mary’s at the 1901 Census.

At the 1911 Census, the whole family was together at 59 Bevois Valley Road.

At the time of Joseph’s death, they are shown as living at 9 Chaplin Street, Highfield.



Holly Lavinia S.   b. 1899 Southampton   d. 1991 Southampton   Married Ernest Alfred Knight in Southampton in 1923.

Joseph Henry

Cyril   b. 1903 Southampton   d. 1982 Portsmouth

Nora   b. 1904 Southampton   d. 1982 Southampton   Married Ralph Abrahams in Southampton in 1926.


The 1st Royal Warwickshire was formed in August 1914, and was part of the 10th Brigade in the 4th Division.

They landed in France on 22 August 1914, being sent to fight in Belgian Flanders.

At some point the battalion was sent to France, and they ended the war on 11 November just SE of Valenciennes.


There is some mystery as to Joseph’s demise. It is known that he died in a Red Cross hospital in Richmond, Yorkshire.

It must be assumed that he was badly injured during the last few days of the war, but it is strange that he was repatriated so far from home.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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