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The purpose of this blog is to remember the fallen heroes of the Great War, whose names are recorded on the memorial plaque situated in St Barnabas Church, New Whittington, Chesterfield.

To mark the centenary of World War 1 I aim to research all of the men on the memorial. I hope to ensure that the brave men who gave their lives for their country 100 years ago are remembered and each man's story told.

I would love to hear from anyone who may have information regarding the men; photos, letters or passed down memories. Any descendents are most welcome to contact me and I will provide copies of the research that I have undertaken.

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left to grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them"

For The Fallen,
Laurence Binyon September 1914.

Sunday, 16 March 2014


It couldn't be more apt to announce the identity of the last man on the memorial on this St Patrick's Day Eve...........


Incorrectly inscribed on the memorial should be J RUSHE.

Private John Rushe 18015 was born around 1881 at Glenamaddy, Co Galway, Ireland.  He enlisted in Chesterfield and served with the Sherwood Foresters 9th Battalion.  John lost his life at Gallipoli on 10th August 1915. 

John was awarded the British, Victory and 15 Star and his memorial is at Helles in Turkey.

His connection to New Whittington ...........

1911 census John Rushe - 85 South Street, New Whittington

At the time of the 1911 census John was aged 30 years old and working as a miner.  He is living 85 South Street, New Whittington lodging with George and Emma Cartledge and their family. 

The 1901 Census for Ireland shows a John Rushe aged 16 years old  (born c.1885) living in Ballyhard, Glenamaddy, Co Galway.  He is the son of Mary Rushe, who is recorded as married but no husband is given at the time.  John has two sisters; Katherine and Bridget and a brother named Thomas.

Ireland WW1 Casualties Memorial List

John is listed on the Ireland, Casualties of War 1 1914 - 1918 Memorial list - his age does not tally with his age on either the 1901 or the 1911 census.

Thank you to Wendy Pockson for identifying John Rushe.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Louise,

    My grandmother was Catherine Rushe born in Ballyhard, Glenamaddy, County Galway, Ireland. Her brother was John Rushe mentioned here, He was born in 1885 in Ballyhard. The family also included her brother Thomas and sister Bridget. His father was Patrick and his mother was Mary. The census of Ireland 1901 shows John aged 16 years old, this would make him 30 at the time of his death. My email is mcloughlin.joanne@gmail.com if you require any information. Thanks, Joanne