RaySearching Posted 4 August , 2014 Share Posted 4 August , 2014 T/Lieutenant CHARLES JOSEPH BUSHER MC 11th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) A career soldier Charles enlisted aged 18 and 8 months on the 4th June 1887 at Duncannon stating that he had previously served with the 3rd Royal Rifle Regiment He was placed with the 2nd Bn West York’s Regiment, Promoted through the ranks he attaining the rank of Colour Sergeant, Charles served throughout the Boer Wars and was decorated with the medal for distinguished Conduct in the Field, (D.C.M) Ashanti Star and Queens South African Medal with four bars MID L/G 10/9/1907 On the 9th February 1903 Busher was in confinement awaiting trial to answer charges of fraud by a General Court Martial On 12th March 1903 9807 Colour Sergeant Busher appeared before the Court Martial at York to face three charges of fraud and false entry on regimental pay sheets in connection with several sums which came into his hands as company pay sergeant (Sergent Robert Clark of the same regiment pleaded guilty of forgery in August) Captain Logan the prosecutor stated the facts which were that Busher drew a cheque for £5 (five pounds) In favour of private Chapman which Captain Cummings the officer commanding K company signed and Busher then forged the endorsement in Chapmans name and cashed the cheque When Busher was arrested he wrote to Chapman a reservist living at Malton and asked him to say he had received the money, promising to pay him (Sentence was to be promulgated in due course) Sentence was announced at the end of the trial in March 1903 Busher was sentenced to be reduced to the ranks “as Private” To forfeit 2 years service for the purpose of determining pension He will forfeit the whole of his general campaign badges, medals, and decorations Charles again rose through the ranks attaining the rank of Lance Sergeant before being discharged from service after having claimed it and after giving three months notice on the 30th November 1908 He was the son of ( parentage presently unknown) and the husband of Margaret Isabella (Bella) Busher (nee McKinnon born Moy Inverness) The couple married in Rangoon Burma in 1894 Charles can be found on the 1911 census residing with his wife and six children at 2A Victoria Terrace Heslington Road York, His occupation is given as a Military Clerk (army pensioner) On the 1901 Scottish census He wife Bella and his oldest daughter can be found residing with Bella’s mother at 210 Berkley Street Sandyford Glasgow , Charles in 1901 was with the 2nd Bn West Yorks on active service Shortly after 1911 the family moved to 29 Edward Street North Ormesby Middlesbrough where Charles gained employment at the shipyard of Sir Raylton Dixon and Co as a Commissionaire at the yard On March 17th 1914 Charles appeared before the magistrates in Middlesbrough charged with misappropriating a quantity of mahogany and oak timber the property of his employers worth 5 shillings and sixpence After hearing the evidence and taking into consideration Charles’s military service The Stipendiary Mr Wilfred Fry took a lenient view He said the defendant had abused a position of trust though the offence was not a serious one, Charles was fined 15 shillings or 14 days imprisonment Shortly after the outbreak of the war on the 16th September 1914 Charles re-enlisted in Middlesbrough giving his occupation as a blast-furnace man his age as 45 and his place of birth as Monamolin near Gorey He rejoined the West Yorks and was posted to the 11th Bn West Yorks (Pte 9807) promoted to Sergeant on the 21st September 1914, He embarked for France with the Battalion landing at Le Havre on the 26th August 1915 Charles as a Temporary Lieutenant was awarded the M.C (For conspicuous gallantry and ability near Rue du Bois on the night of October 21-22 1915, Accompanied by a sergeant of his battalion he carried out a very difficult reconnaissance at great personal risk and obtained valuable information at the enemies defences) Charles was wounded in action whilst the battalion in trenches holding the line in the St Eloi sector, evacuated to a casualty clearing station where he died of his wounds aged 47 on the 30th January 1916 Born 1869 near the village of Fern Monamolin Wrexford Ireland BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION Footnote In September 1916, Charles Busher’s widow Bella and family were presented with a life sized portrait of Charles in oils framed in English gold by the local branch of the National Reserve, An enlarged framed photo were also presented to the National Reserve North Ormesby Club and another to the North Ormesby Cycling Club of which Lieutenant Busher was a member of The presentation was made by Waynman Dixon Esq in the Gem Picture House in North Ormesby on the 13th September 1916 His widow Bella later resided at 10 Heath Crescent Linthorpe Middlesbrough (as MIC) ( Bella died aged 84 at Bromsgrove Worcestershire in 1950) Regards Ray I have searched for a photo to no 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