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Bush, Thomas Graham

Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Service number 282395.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (Quarter-Master)
Unit:
General List (Darlington)
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1945
Citation:
"This officer joined the 156th Battalion Parachute Regiment at Jenin, Palestine in the spring of 1943. He had previously been a Brigade Ordnance Warrant Officer in the Western Desert and had no experience of work in an Infantry Battalion. The Quartermaster side of the Battalion was in a very bad state but Lieutenant Bush, although lacking any knowledge of Infantry Battalion routine very soon put his department on a very sound footing and after that date the Quartermaster side of the unit functioned with admirable efficiency. This was entirely due to the officer's energy, his ability and capacity for hard work. In addition to his normal duties he took a keen and energetic interest in training and learning the duties of an infantry officer.
Lieutenant Bush prepared the Battalion for the Italian operation and saw active service with it there. On returning to England in December 1943 he [?] the Battalion rapidly and well, although he had had no experience of service in England, with its different [functions?] of administration, except as a junior NCO at the beginning of the war. He went into action again with the Battalion at Arnhem, where he served with extreme gallantry and technical skill, commanding a platoon for the last few days of the operation after all the other officers bar two had become casualties."
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Sources

  • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37004 published on the 27 March 1945
    - The Pegasus Archive

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