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Charles John Bush-King

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Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 98 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 98 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles John AWMM
  • Surname
    Bush-King AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 2/626 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 March 1875 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM Saint Matthew's Church, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Saint Matthew's Church, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Saint Matthew's Church, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Saint Matthew's Church, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mrs A. King (mother), Milton Road, off Dominion Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Mrs A. King (mother), Milton Road, off Dominion Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Messrs. Moore, Moore, and Nichol, Solicitors, Stuart Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Messrs. Moore, Moore, and Nichol Solicitors, Stuart Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 8 January 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 2 March 1918 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 27 July 1918 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Charles John Bush-King was a clergyman with the Church of England and enlisted with the New Zealand Field Artillery soon after war broke out. He was one of 13 chaplains who sailed from Wellington in the Main Body and he went on to embark 3 further times during World War I.

    In a book entitled "The Man and the Donkey: John Simpson Kirkpatrick (Murphy). A Man Who Did his Job" by T Walsh, Bush-King recalls some of the duties he undertook as a chaplain: "The landing of the Australian and New Zealand troops on the Turkish Beach, afterwards named Anzac Cove, happened on Sunday, April 25, 1915. My first dugout was about half-way up the steep spur of what is named Walker's Ridge. From there I moved, as calls came in, and my plans for visiting the positions occupied by the New Zealand Division, and the arranging of services and the burial of the dead. I moved southwards to our posts known as Pope's, Quinn's, Courtenay's, Plugge's Plateau, Russell Top, Monash Gully and Shrapnel Gully. On the beach, close to our landing, a dressing station was established known as the Australian No. 2. Wounded men were brought in from Monash and Shrapnel Gullies. We had other dressing stations at Supply Gully, Ariburne and No. 3 Outpost on the northern side of our position.

    "While moving about I met, on May 3, and Australian with a donkey, on which he brought down wounded from Monash and Shrapnel Gullies. [. . .] I used to help him lift off the wounded into the No. 2 Dugout Station."

    The books itself also demonstrates that Bush-King went beyond the ordinary duties of a chaplain. In fact, the book was published because of the work Bush-King did in compiling the information about the subject, as is mentioned in the Foreword: "This booklet has been printed as a result of revived interest in Murphy [Simpson] and his donkey, stimulated by the submission of a manuscript compiled by Padre CJ Bush-King, who happened across his Gallipoli diary and gathered together the scattered references to one of the most remarkable figures in that campaign".

    After returning from the war, Bush-King took up residence in Campbell's Bay, on Auckland's North Shore.

    Auckland Museum Scars on the Heart World War 1 "The First Anzac Day" display. Display item is a portable communion set used by Chaplain Bush-King on the Gallipoli Peninsula. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    1 November 1950 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
    Campbells BayNorth Shore City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Plot 59. Blk k. AWMM
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  • Obituary
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Memorials

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  • I am a great nephew of Charles, Ian Bush-King
    Public - Michelle - Other Relative - 31 May 2015
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  • I am a grand nephew of Charles - someone I would have loved to have met but sadly he died before I was born. I have learned a lot about him which I am happy to share. Prior to his enlistment in NZEF he held the record in New Zealand for the number of days on the tented field at 372 days as part of his territorial service before 1914.
    Public - Dennis - Other Relative - 13 May 2015
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  • Charles Bush King was my great uncle, my grandfather's older brother. His role in WW1 as a Padre was a very important one, particularly when he served at Gallipoli.
    Public - Barbara Janet - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 98 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      21: 39 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      80: 17 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      87: 20 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
27 April 2018SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
31 May 2015MichellenzOther Relative
13 May 2015DennisNelsonOther Relative
25 April 2015Barbara JanetChristchurch, New ZealandOther Relative

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