The Victoria Cross won by Troop Sergeant Major David Rushe of the 9th Lancers at Lucknow in 1858 took pride of place in the Regiment’s Museum in Derby on 15th June when two of the recipient’s great grandsons and their wives visited to view their much treasured family heirloom which they have most generously loaned to the Museum.
The visit proved a memorable and enjoyable occasion; Dr Robin and Mrs Rosemary Rushe from South Africa and Mr Kerry and Mrs Jenny Rushe from New Zealand (Robin and Kerry are brothers) can rarely get the opportunity for a family reunion, and it was remarkable that they should come together to view their forebear’s VC at our Museum.
They commented that that they felt the medal had at last come to its rightful home after a chequered history which began when, sadly, TSM Rushe’s widow had to sell it to make ends meet after her husband died in 1886. Interestingly, the family still recall that Mrs Rushe was supported by 9th Lancer benevolence throughout her life; she died in the 1920s The medal finally reached our Museum in 2011, with the help of our Pretoria High Commission’s Defence Staff, after a fraught journey from the interior of South Africa.
During the afternoon the Rushees were received by the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Paul Pegg, in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Council House. The Mayor, a strong supporter of both the Regiment and our Museum in Derby, was fascinated to hear the history of the VC and in return showed the Rushees the Mayoral regalia and other treasures in the Parlour before conducting them on a tour of the impressively refurbished Council House. This visit was not only enjoyed by all concerned but will have strengthened the Museum’s links to the Rushe family, owners of one of our most important items in our Collection, and also to the Office of the Mayor of the City of Derby.