|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1940, At Sea|
Casualty of WWII,Robert served in the Mercantile Marine aboard M.V. British Glory (London)on which he was Second Engineer Officer. He was a Member of the Association of Marine Engineers. He left a widow, Louisa Bush of Grays.
He was 38 and the son of Robert Hill Bush and Minnie Bush of Tilbury, Essex-they rest in the adjacent grave. His name is shown on the Palmers College Honours Board commemorating former pupils who made the Supreme Sacrifice.
He is also commemorated on the Grays War Memorial.
His ship was hit by a torpedo fired from German submarine U-138 *, a Type IID U-boat of the German Kriegsmarine, best known for her two patrols in 1940 under the command of Wolfgang Lüth. During her six war patrols under Lüth's and Franz Gramitzky's command she sank almost 55,557 tons of Allied shipping.At 05.10 hours on 15 October 1940, U-138 attacked the convoy OB-228 [Glasgow to Ababdan, Nigeria; hence the cargo for her outward voyage was ballast] and torpedoed the Bonheur which later sank and at 05.15 hours torpedoed and damaged the British Glory.Position57.10N, 08.36W - Grid AM 3941. One G7a torpedo hit aft in the engine room, killed three men on watch below and destroyed the engines. The disabled tanker was towed to Kames Bay, arriving on 18 October. She was later repaired at the Clyde and returned to service in January 1942.Broken up at Blyth in February 1954.She was a Motor Tanker of 6,993 tons completed 1928 by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland and owned by British Tanker Co Ltd, London.
Two other crew were killed and are buried on the British mainland.
Fifth Engineer Officer Leonard Richard Shippey
Electrician Henry Murphy
-but 44 crew survived.
Births Sep 1902 Bush Robert Hill Orsett 4a 648
Marriages Jun 1935 Bush Robert H Jones Orsett 4a 1612
The grave of Second Engineer Officer Bush was located in 2006. His name also appears on Panel 19 of the Tower Hill Memorial, London where he was previously commemorated but will be removed when the panel is next replaced.[See photograph April 29th 2012]
* Sunk 18 June, 1941 west of Cadiz, in position 36.04N, 07.29W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Faulknor, HMS Fearless, HMS Forester, HMS Foresight and HMS Foxhound. 27 survivors (no casualties).
Robert Hill Bush (____ - 1959)
Minnie Bush (____ - 1943)
The inscription "Killed by Enemy Action", usually reserved for civilian war casualties, suggests that the family may not have been aware that Robert was recorded as a service casualty of the war.Perhaps because of this reason, he is not commemorated on the Tilbury War Memorial, although he is commemorated on the Grays war memorial.
Note: War grave with Private Memorial. as at April 2012, the grave appears to have been considerably renovated since 2006.
Chadwell St Mary Cemetery
Chadwell St Mary
Thurrock Unitary Authority
Plot: Section 6, Grave 2
Maintained by: geoffrey gillon
Originally Created by: International Wargraves ...
Record added: Aug 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15223269