Born: 1876, Ipswich.

Died: 31st March 1918; age 42; Drowned as a result of an enemy submarine.

Rank: Able Seaman; Regiment: Mercantile Marine, S.S.’Vianna’ (London).

Memorial Reference:

Tower Hill Memorial,


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Charles Rusher; husband of Elizabeth Bugg Rusher (nee Vincent), of 1, Little Baker Street, Ipswich.

A fellow Ipswich shipmate also killed on board Joseph James Howell


1891   21, White Elm Street, Ipswich.

Charles was 14 years old, a Mariner. He was living with his mother, maternal grandmother & brothers.

Harriet Elvina Rusher (nee Gooding), 39, a Tailoress, Born Ipswich.

John Charles Rusher, 19, a Mariner, born Ipswich.

Harry Walter Bonnes Rusher, 4, born Ipswich.

Ruth Gooding, 69, a widow, living on her own means, born Ipswich.

In 1891, Charles father was at Shadwell Basin, London Docks on board his sailing ship.

Charles Rusher, 41, the Master of ‘Ammonite’, born Ipswich.

1901   7, Little Baker Street, Ipswich.

Charles was 25 years old, a Shipyard Labourer. He was married & Head of the Household.

Elizabeth, 24.

Lilian, 2.

Elizabeth’s aunt Maria Vincent, 60.

1911   7, Little Baker Street, Ipswich.

Charles was 35 years old, a Mariner. He was Head of the Household.

Elizabeth, 34.

Lilian, 12.

Charles, 9.

Alice, 7.

Bertie, 3.

Grace, 10 months.

In 1898, Ipswich, Charles married Elizabeth Bugg Vincent, born 1878, Ipswich. They had 7 children:

Lilian Elvina E. Rusher, born 1899, Ipswich.

Charles Walter Rusher, born 1901, Ipswich.

Alice May Rusher, born 1904, Ipswich.

Bertie William Rusher, born 1907, Ipswich.

Grace E. Rusher, born 1910, Ipswich.

Eliza A. Rusher, born 1912, Ipswich.

Ruby I. Rusher, born 1915, Ipswich.

Charles’s father Charles Rusher died, August 1898, Ipswich.


On the 31st March 1918 the S.S. ‘Vianna’ was steaming south, 4miles East of Seaham Harbour, carrying a 360 ton cargo of coal and a crew of 15, on passage from Tyne for Ipswich when she was torpedoed by an unseen submerged Germen submarine UC-64 (Commander Ferdinand Schartz). The missile detonated on her portside against the number two hold and she sunk within minutes, with the loss of 4 lives. The rest of the crew were picked up by a patrol vessel within 15 minutes and landed back at the Tyne.

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