Charlie Frederick Bush

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Commander Charlie Frederick Bush, R.N., Retired (15 January, 1889 – 8 April, 1951) was an officer in the Royal Navy. Like many junior officers, he found his metier in a series of destroyer commands during the Great War and in the postwar period.

He sometimes went by "Charles".

Life & Career

Bush gained two and a half months on passing out of Britannia in September 1905 and receiving his first appointment, to Powerful on the fifteenth. He served over two years in Powerful, leaving only when she paid off on 9 October 1907. He had to wait until 4 January, 1908 before receiving his next appointment, to the battleship Britannia, which was part of the Channel Fleet. He moved to the New Zealand on the 28th.[1]

On 11 March, 1909, Bush was admitted to Haslar Hospital for an abscessed tooth. He was released on the 23rd. On 17 June, he joined Locust to participate in the annual manoeuvres.

On 19 October, 1909, Bush was appointed to Blake for the "C" Class destroyer Leven. Bush committed a breach of discipline when he left a petty officer to "go the rounds" in Leven in March of 1910. He was to be superseded after receiving an expression of Their Lordships' displeasure. On 5 May, he was superseded and appointed to the armoured cruiser Warrior of the Second Cruiser Squadron, in lieu of a Sub-Lieutenant.[2]

Bush was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 22 June, 1911. On 18 June, 1912, he was superseded in Warrior and soon received short appointment in the destroyer Lyra and the scout cruiser Attentive before finally receiving a more longstanding appointment in the battleship Russell of the Fourth Battle Squadron.[3]

After a year in Russell, Bush was appointed to the screw sloop Beagle as first lieutenant on 17 September, 1913.[4]

Great War

In Beagle, Bush operated with the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean, covering the landings at Anzac Cove at Gallipoli and shepherding landing barges for sustained operations inshore.

On 14 March, 1916 he was appointed in command of one of 5 D.F.'s "oily wads", the Cricket Class first-class torpedo boat T.B. 17, in which he would serve for seventeen months.

On 28 December, 1917, Bush was appointed in command of the Acheron Class destroyer Hind, operating out of Devonport as part of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla. Bush switched from there to the Laforey Class destroyer Lawford, which had been fitted for minelaying work with 4 D.F., on 20 March, 1918. He remained in her until the end of the war.[5]

Interbellum

After taking Lawford to The Nore to await disposal at the end of the war, Bush was appointed in command of the destroyer Norman on 9 January, 1919 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 22 June, 1919.[6]

On 18 October, 1919, Bush was appointed in command of the destroyer Vansittart.[7] In 1922, he was warned to be more careful after failing to land cordite for testing.[8]

In July 1924, Bush damaged a propeller in Vendetta and was cautioned to be more careful.[9]

In 1928, Bush grounded Restless and was cautioned to be more careful.[10]

Bush was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 15 January, 1932.[11]

World War II

Bush worked as Senior Officer, Operations, for the Flag Officer in Command, Yarmouth in 1940-41. Physical damage to his Service Record makes the details difficult to make out.

Bush died of acute myocardial failure brought on by hypertension and arterio sclerosis.[12]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Terence A. F. Longford
Captain of H.M. T.B. 17
14 Mar, 1916[13][14] – 15 Aug, 1917[15]
Succeeded by
Harman A. L. Bond
Preceded by
Ralph Neville
Captain of H.M.S. Savage
17 Aug, 1917[16][17] – 27 Dec, 1917[18]
Succeeded by
John M. Henderson
Preceded by
Basil E. Reinold
Captain of H.M.S. Hind
28 Dec, 1917[19] – 20 Mar, 1918[20]
Succeeded by
Edmund Johnstone
Preceded by
Edmund Johnstone
Captain of H.M.S. Lawford
20 Mar, 1918[21][22] – 9 Jan, 1919[23]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Fairfax M. Kerr
Captain of H.M.S. Norman
9 Jan, 1919[24][25] – 16 Oct, 1919[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Vansittart
18 Oct, 1919[27][28] – May, 1921[29]
Succeeded by
Cosmo M. Graham
Preceded by
John H. Jauncey
Captain of H.M.S. Venturous
29 Jun, 1921[30] – Apr, 1922[31]
Succeeded by
Percival C. W. Manwaring
Preceded by
William J. Whitworth
Captain of H.M.S. Veteran
Apr, 1922[32] – 6 Jun, 1923[33]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. A. H. Ouchterlony
Preceded by
Hugh E. Raymond
Captain of H.M.S. Vendetta
4 Dec, 1923[34][35] – 17 Oct, 1924[36]
Succeeded by
Walter N. T. Beckett
Preceded by
Thomas C. A. H. Ouchterlony
Captain of H.M.S. Veteran
25 Oct, 1924[37] – May, 1925
Succeeded by
Charles V. S. J. Marsden
Preceded by
John M. Porter
Captain of H.M.S. Thracian
7 Jul, 1925[38] – 31 May, 1926[39]
Succeeded by
Reginald Nash
Preceded by
Percy R. P. Percival
Captain of H.M.S. Restless
1 Dec, 1928[40] – 1 Jul, 1929[41]
Succeeded by
Frederick L. Cavaye

Footnotes

  1. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  2. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  3. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  4. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  5. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  6. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 879b.
  8. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  9. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  10. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  11. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  12. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  13. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  14. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 400.
  15. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  16. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  17. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397v.
  18. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  19. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  20. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  21. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  22. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 829.
  23. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  24. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  25. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 854.
  26. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  27. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  28. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 879b.
  29. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  30. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  31. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  32. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  33. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  34. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  35. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 279.
  36. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  37. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 281.
  38. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  39. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  40. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  41. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.