Captain Victor Bush

Captain Victor George Anderson Bush, Royal Flying corps. He died on Active Service in an aircraft accident, aged 25, on the 8th February 1918 and is buried in Edinburgh (North Merchiston) Cemetery. He had been born in Bangkok and was the son of Meh and the late Admiral John Bush and the husband of Jean Bush of 21 Lauderdale Street, Edinburgh.. At some point he had resided at Braeside, Galashiels. He had been educated at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and had enlisted in the 9th Royal Scots before being commissioned into the H.L.I. in November 1914 joining the 10th Battalion in France in August 1915. He then transferred to the R.F.C. and qualified as an Instructor in August 1916. He served in France until 1917 when he was then posted to the No. 1 School of Aerial Fighting based at Turnberry, Ayrshire. He was killed in an aircrash near Alloway, Ayrshire whilst instructing a novice pilot. ( It is said instructing novices was more dangerous then aerial combat and some instructors referred to their pupils as “Huns” ). His Headstone is inscribed ” He Shall Not Have Died In Vain” ).

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