Samuel George RUSH was John’s grandmother’s first husband. His was the first grave we visited on the Western Front. I will always remember my surprise to find the entrance to Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery at the end of a narrow path between two back gardens, both laden with home grown vegetables. For the first time I was struck by how privileged we are to live ordinary lives.
Samuel Rush S/18127 volunteered early in the war. He fought through the battle of the Somme alongside Thomas CALDER. On the 22nd June 1917, the 16th Battalion was working in the trenches. Although they were located behind the front line, they were still within the range of the German guns. It is most likely that a German shell landed where Samuel was working. Four men from the battalion died that day and they are buried together at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery