The Bush Brothers

In the late 19 century, the family lived on the Chinnor Road, Thame, and Issac the father is listed as a railway agent and hence possibly connected to the nearby Thame Station. By 1901 the family had moved to the Upper High Street and the family had grown to five children. It was Issac’s trade that brought him to Thame as both he and his wife were originally from Bristol. Later Issac became a merchant in the town.

Edward Colston Bush

One of the three Bush siblings who went to War. He was born 8 Jan 1888 in Thame.

In 1914 he joined the Oxfordshire Hussars but later served with the Manchester Regiment and fought in France in 1917. This was shortly after he married Rose Emily Cocks at a ceremony in Kent (where he was possibly stationed) as Rose was a Thame girl born and bred.

He was awarded the British and Victory medals with his medal card noting that he lived in Thame in 1920. In the 1920s he administered the Thame Agricultural Association at their offices in the Market Place.

His wife died in 1938 aged 49; they had no children. In 1939 Edward was living in 15 Upper High Street Thame and the census and directory records show that he is a Certified Accountant. In the 1950s he had moved to High Wycombe.

His Probate Record shows he died 3 June 1963 when living in Southsea near Portsmouth. The record indicates he had not remarried.

Frederick Howland Bush

Frederick was born in the summer of 1889 in Thame.

By 1911 he had joined the 3rdDragoon Guards, regimental no 304900 and this was the Regiment he went to war with in 1914. Shortly afterwards he was wounded in the head and hospitalised. He later transferred to the Tank Corps. He reached the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

He married Florence Elizabeth Abraham in 1917. They had two daughters Mary Joan (who had been born before the marriage) and Hilda.

In the 1939 Census he is listed as living at The Chestnuts, 27 Upper High Street Thame a Salesman for Cattle Feeding Cakes and Coal. (His father had become a coal merchant by 1911 and so Frederick appears to have taken over the business and moved into the family home.) His wife was recorded as a housewife, and daughters Mary a saleswoman, and Hilda a hairdresser. Mary was married three times, her first to Gordon Wade, who’s name appears on the Thame War Memorial.

Frederick was the last of the three brothers to die – in 15 May 1973 while living at The Chestnuts with Probate showing that his estate was worth £18314. A year later, his widow Florence passed away.

Percival James Issac Bush

The youngest of the three brothers he was born 21 Sep 1896 in Thame. He was at the school when the 1911 Census was taken.

After school he became a clerk (possibly working in his father’s business) and then, like his brother Edward, in 1914 he joined the Oxfordshire Hussars. But in 1916 he joined the Australian Army – this may have been because he emigrated or more likely he joined them in the UK (it was not unknown that soldiers were recuited in the UK.)

If he had any intention of emigrating this did not happen. In 1924 he married Bessie Howlett in St Mary’s, Thame. His occupation was noted as a clerk. Bessie lived in the High Street, and her father Albert was a coach builder. The Howlett family being long established in Thame.

Percival had moved with his wife and two children, a daughter and son, to Wycombe by 1939, and he is listed as an agricultural merchant.

He died in 1970.

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