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James Paul Bush


He was born on the 30th June 1857. He was educated at Clifton College from 1869 to 1876. He joined Clifton Rugby Club in 1879-80. He was a surgeon at Bristol Royal Infirmary, Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, and Officer of the Crown of Belgium.

In 1861 the Bush family lived at Weston Villa, Park Place, Weston-super-Mare. They were

Name Relation Age Occupation Where born
Robert Bush Head 52 Retired Major in the Army Bristol
Emily A Bush Wife 39 Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
Henry F T Bush Son 15   Tasmania
Alfred G Bush Son 14   Perth, Western Australia
Mary A E Bush Dau 12 Perth, Western Australia
James A Bush Son 10   Cawnpore, India
Robert E Bush Son 5   Redland, Gloucestershire
James P Bush Son 3 Brislington, Somerset
Emily E F Bush Dau 2   Brislington, Somerset
John E Bush Son 2 Brislington, Somerset
Euphemia Sullivan Bush Dau 8   Brislington, Somerset
Elizabeth Hoggitt Serv 27 Housemaid Woolavington, Somerset
Harriet Parker Serv 25 Nursemaid Tiddesham, Gloucestershire
Rebecca Inailand Serv 26 Cook Domestic Wick, Gloucestershire

Weston Villa is 2 Park Place and is now an office of the British Mountaineering Council

In 1871 the Bush family lived at 7 Rodney Place, Clifton. They were

Name Relation Age Occupation Where born
Robert Bush Head 62 Retired Major of Army & Landowner Bristol
Emily Adria Bush Wife 49 Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
Henry Frederick Tobin Bush Son 25 Merchant & Ensign of Volunteers Tasmania
Alfred George De Lisle Bush Son 24 Merchant Western Australia
Mary Ann Eliza Bush Dau 22 Western Australia
James Arthur Bush Son 20 Clerk to a Merchant Bengal
Robert Edwin Bush Son 15 Scholar Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire
James Paul Bush Son 13 Scholar Brislington, Somerset
Emily Eliza Fanny Bush Dau 12 Brislington, Somerset
John Ernest Bush Son 12 Scholar Brislington, Somerset
Adria Georgina Bush Dau 9 Brislington, Somerset
Euphemia Sullivan Bush Dau 8 Brislington, Somerset
Mary Ann Bridget Dyer Serv 32 Governess Bristol
Emma Bartram Serv 24 Housemaid Stringston, Somerset
Emily Milson Serv 23 Cook St.Georges, Gloucestershire
Emily Day Serv 18 Housemaid Alveston, Gloucestershire
William Scott Serv 16 Page Bristol

Above 7 Rodney Place, Clifton.

He studied medicine at the Bristol Medical School shortly beefore the University College was founded, and his clinical work was carried out at Bristol Royal Infirmary and the University College, London.

Back Row (L-R): H.L.Evans, G.V.Cox, H.C.M.Hirst, G.M.Butterworth, H.W.R.Gribble, J.P.Bush, E.Leonard, H.W.Peck, J.C.R.Scott, W.Strachan, F.S.Peck, W.O.Moberly. Front Row: E.W.Ball, J.E.Bush, J.D.Miller, E.P.Warren.

Above Clifton RFC 1879-80 with John Paul Bush. Also his brother John Ernest Bush.

Back Row (L-R): W.I.Pocock, G.Dester, H.L.Evans, W.R.Booker, J.Nichols, G.Dunn, J.P.Bush, E.D.Evans, E.Leonard, H.W.Peck, W.Strachan, J.C.Gilmore. Sitting: E.W.Ball, A.D.Greene (Captain), J.D.Miller.

Above Clifton XV of 1881-82 with James Paul Bush.

He gained the gold medals for medicine and surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary. He obtained the diplomas M.R.C.S. in 1881 and the L.S.A. in 1882. In 1912 he received an honorary degree of Ch.M. from the University of Bristol. He held a sucession of resident posts at the Infirmary.

Back Row (L-R): Stanley Kent, J.Carwardine, F.H.Edgeworth, J.P.Bush, J.Swain, G.Munro Smith, W.Carless Swayne, W.R.Ackland, P.Watson-Williams. Second Row: W.H.Ardsant, F.Richardson Cross, A.W.Pritchard, R.Shingleton Smith, H.Waldo, E.C.Boad, J.E.Shaw, A.B.Prowse. Front Row: F.E.Coates, E.S.Edwards, F.H.E.Stack, W.S.V.Stock, E.M.Pearse.

Above the staff of Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1903 with James Paul Bush

He married Laura Annie Roberson of Cororooke, Colac, Victoria, Australia.They had a son and daughter.

Back Row (L-R): A.E.V.Spill, R.L.Dacre, C.D.L.May, C.C.Harrison, J.R.Kay-Mouat, J.P.L.Harty, R.S.S.Statham, C.H.Hart, L.Page. Middle Row: Dr.E.H.E.Stack, S.H.Kingston, Dr.Davis, Lieut.Col.J.Paul Bush, C.M.G., M.Ch., C.Kingston (Capt.), Dr.Walter C. Swayne. On Ground: E.S.Sowerby, G.S.Terry, H.W.Goodden, W.Worger.

Above the Bristol Royal Infirmary rugby XV that played Bristol General Hospital in 1912 with James Paul Bush. Also in the photo is Clifton player Henry William Goodden.

During the Great War 860 wounded and sick Belgian soldiers were admitted to the hospital he worked in, and for his treatment of them he was appointed an Officer of the Belgian Order of the Crown in 1919. He proceeded to Etaples in command of No. 56 General Hospital on the 20th April 1917 (Mentioned twice in Despatches). He was A.D.M.S., No. 2 Area, Southern Command, 8th August 1918. After the War Colonel Bush was a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

He received the CBE in 1919.

He died on the 7th October 1930 at 2 College Fields, Clifton. His funeral took place at Bristol Cathedral on the 30th October 1930. The last post was sounded by the buglers of the 6th Battalion of The Gloucestershire Regiment.