Mr Alfred George John Rush was born in Anerley, Surrey, England on 14 April 1895.
He was the son of William Rush (b. 1850) and Phoebe Sophia Smith (1850-1927). His father, a railway carman, hailed from Thorington, Suffolk whilst his mother was native to Croydon, Surrey, and they married in the latter in 1875.
Alfred was the youngest of eight children and his siblings were: Rose (b. 1875), William (b. 1876), Thomas (b. 1879), Charles James (b. 1881), Lilian Annie (b. 1886), Daisy May (b. 1888) and Arthur Samuel (b. 1890). His brother Arthur died in 1892 aged 2.
Alfred first appears on the 1901 census when he and his family were living at 34 St Hugh's Road in Penge, Surrey. By the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 27 Palace Road, Norwood, Surrey where his father by now ran a boarding house. Alfred, aged 15, had left school and was working as a newsboy in a local shop.
He embarked the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 20589, which cost £8, 1s) and he was travelling to Detroit, Michigan with Frank Goldsmith and his family and Thomas Theobald. He celebrated his 17th 1 birthday on Sunday 14 April.
Alfred Rush died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
- Many sources claim he was celebrating his 16th birthday. His birth was registered in the second quarter of 1895 and he appeared on the 1911 census as a 15-year-old, indicating he was in fact turning 17.
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