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Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Captain Victor George Anderson Bush, the Royal Flying Corps, was killed when his aircraft crashed as he was flying near Ayr.
He was the youngest of four children of Admiral John Bush, a British Merchant Navy seaman who founded the docks at, and ran the port of, Bangkok Admiral Bush had two children with his first wife, with whom he had originally travelled from England to Thailand (then Siam); after his wife died he married a local woman with whom he had two more children, being Captain Bush and his sister Victoria.
Captain Bush was educated at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh. His university studies were interrupted by the outbreak of the Great War, and he enlisted with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Scots. He served for three months as a private before being commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry, and after training arrived in France in August of 1915.
In early 1916 Captain Bush qualified at first as an observer, and then a few months later as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps. After qualifying as a flying instructor in the spring of 1917, he served in a number of flying schools before transferring to the No.1 School of Aerial Fighting at Turnberry near Ayr.
On the day of his death Captain Bush was flying a Sopwith Camel out of the flying school when he crashed and died from head injuries on impact. The information on his Casualty Card indicates that one of the aircraft’s wings crumpled in the air. He lies buried in the Edinburgh (North Merchiston) Cemetery, and on his headstone are the words, “He shall not have died in vain”. He is also commemorated on the Galashiels war memorial, in St. Michael’s Church in Edinburgh, and on the Gorgie war memorial in Edinburgh.
Victor, raised in Edinburgh, was 25 years old and married.
May be an image of 2 people and military uniform


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Admiral Sir John Bush, KCWE, commonly known as Captain Bush and sometimes by his Thai title Phraya Wisuth Sakoradith (Thai: พระยาวิสูตรสาครดิฐ, 4 August 1819 – 3 April 1905), was an English sea captain who served under the Siamese government during the reigns of Kings Mongkutand Chulalongkorn. He served as Bangkok's Harbour Master, captained royal vessels and managed the Bangkok Dock Company. Soi Charoen Krung 30, the street where he used to live, is also known as Soi Captain Bush after him.[1]


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