The Canadian Connection

1883 Belfast -

Great Grandfather Frank aged 23; married Catherine Greenwood and they had the following Children:

Denis – 1883 Francis (Frank) Henry – 1886 Jane (Quigley) – 1888 Rose Ann (Curry) – 1892  Mary (Quinn) – 1895 Catherine (Hall) – 1897

Sometime before 1901 Francis Henry & Jane were sent to Gransha Beg in Co Monaghan to live with their grandparents Henry & Jane Greenwood, Frank returned to Belfast in 1910 only to emigrate to Canada the following year 1911, Jane remained at Gransha Beg until she eventually met & married Edward (Eddie) Quigley.

Francis Henry came back to Belfast in 1920 to marry Elizabeth Katherine Healy of Sheils Street (off the Falls Road) returning to Canada that same year - they had the following Children: Francis John who died in 1949, Maureen died early 1930s, Dr Teresa died in 1979; Dr. Desmond died in 1973.

Frank died in 1944 while they lived in Spirtwood.

Kathleen died aged 93 in 1983 in White Rock B.C.

Francis John  died in 1949 at the age of 27 in a flying accident, northern Manitoba, 21 August 1949, John was a veteran of World War Two and was awarded the DFC & Bar, he was a pilot with 502 (Ulster) Squadron.

 

 RUSH, F/L Francis John (J23331)

Distinguished Flying Cross - No.502 Squadron
Award effective 23 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; home in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan (druggist apprentice); enlisted in Saskatoon, 29 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC and Bar presented 30 October 1948. Cited with P/O J.P. Lucy (RAF). Killed in flying accident, northern Manitoba, 21 August 1949, with six others including F/L W.R. Robson, DFC and F/O G.W. Lineker, DFC.

Flight Lieutenant Rush and Pilot Officer Lucy as pilot and navigator-bomb aimer respectively have participated in very many operational missions. Within recent months they have completed several attacks on enemy shipping and the good results obtained are an excellent testimony to their skill and co-operation. One night in November 1944 they successfully attacked one of four enemy vessels. Some nights later they attacked another medium sized merchantman and obtained hits that caused much smoke to pour from various parts of the vessel. Flight Lieutenant Rush and Pilot Officer Lucy have at all times displayed exceptional keenness and devotion to duty.

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 RUSH, F/L Francis John, DFC (J23331)

 Distinguished Flying Cross - No.502 Squadron
Award effective 13 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

As pilot and navigator respectively, Flight Lieutenant Rush and Flying Officer Lucy have displayed the highest standard of skill and determination in attacks on enemy shipping. One night in February 1945 they successfully attacked a large merchantman sailing in convoy. In spite of fierce anti-aircraft fire from a number of enemy ships a perfect bombing run was executed. Several hits were obtained on the target, which soon became enveloped in flames. This officer displayed great skill and courage and set a splendid example throughout.









For more photos follow this link:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102732178567580561210/albums/5520815594970109841 

PLENTY

This is Plenty a small village in western Saskatchewan the place where Great Uncle Frank raised his family

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBrqhbcsXGE

Frank must have been something of a character as the towns Museum has to this day artifacts such as his barbers chair on display.














The Rush Family Homestead still standing.


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