Private Charles Rushin 2975

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Name:  Private Charles Rushin 2975

Date of Birth:  September 1878

Address:  Wells Yard, Anstey

Parents Names: 

John Rushin d.1918

Lucy d.1896

Stepmother:  Pricilla Smith m 1896

Occupation before the war:   Shoe trade finisher

Siblings Names:

Philip b.1881  |  Jemima b.1882  |  John b.1884  |  Nellie b.1886  |  Lucy b.1888  |  Lois b.1890  |  Tom b.1892  |  Ada b1896

Date Died:   7.2.1915

Age:  38

Place of Death:   Hospital at Bethune France

Place of Burial/Memorial:  Iv A 6, Bethune Town Cemetery

Cause of death:   Died from wounds received in action



Coldstream Guards


British Medal

Victory Medal

1914-15 Star

Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • Surname recorded as Ruskin on CWGC Memorial Records
  • In the 1901 census, Charles was serving as a Private with the Coldstream Guards and was stationed at Chelsea Barracks, Bridge Road, London, but had returned to Anstey by 1911
  • Married Venice (Lavina) Harrison in September 1906 and had 2 children –Lucy b,March 1907; Lena b.March 1909 and Elsie b.March 1911
  • In 1919, Charles’s widow married John Gardner in the Atherstone, Warwickshire district; they resided at Lindley Lodge, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
  • Charles also served in the South African Campaign.
  • His half brother Reuben( Smith), born 1895 also died in WW1 in 1916 and was buried at Theipval Cemetery.
  • On Saturday February 20th 1915 The Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury published the following article under the heading. “LEICESTER SOLDIER’S DEATH AT BETHUNE.” – Mrs. V. Rushin, 38, Christow Street, Leicester, received intimation from the War Office on Wednesday, of the death of her husband, Pte. Chas. Rushin, 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, which took place on February 7th in hospital in Bethune from wounds received in action. Pte. Rushin who was a reservist went through the South African war. He was a native of Anstey, and was 36 years of age.