Other names: Alan Barling
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Andrew, WiltshireSeaton, DevonShaftesbury, DorsetNew South Wales, AustraliaSouth AfricaRhodesiaGallipoli, TurkeyFrance & FlandersRandwick, New South Wales, Australia
Story: Alan Barling Lush was born in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 22 Apr 1872 and baptised there on 10 Jul 1872 the son of Gilbert Lush and Mary Harriet Lush (nee Wornell). He lived his very early life in Donhead St. Andrew but by 1881 he and his family had moved to Seaton, Devon. Alan however received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset. By 1894 he had emigrated to Australia and there married Theodora Jones on 4 Apr 1894 at Manly, New South Wales, Australia. They went on to have four children. Alan had enlisted in about 1899 with the 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry as a Private (Service No. 258) and served in South Africa and Rhodesia and was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal and various campaign clasps. He was discharged at some time after and re-enlisted on 29 Aug 1914 and joined the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Imperial Brigade (Service No. 947). He later served with the 36th and 35th Battalions of the 7th Infantry Brigade (Service No. 3163). He was promoted to various non-commissioned ranks ending up as a Corporal. He served in Gallipoli, Turkey, where he was wounded and ultimately repatriated to the UK for treatment and recovery. He then rejoined his unit and served in France and Flanders. He returned back to Australia on 17 Mar 1919 and was discharged suffering from malaria and bronchitis. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. There is a note on his records that he thought he had been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal but he was advised that no record of a recommendation could be found. He died in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia, on 22 Sep 1944.