Joseph E Russell

Joseph E Russell outlined   

Full name: Joseph Eric Russell

Date of birth: December 1893

Date of death: 23 November 1916 (Aged 23)

Location of death: Unknown

Rank: Private, 10th Royal Fusiliers

Position at Lloyd's Register: Clerical Staff, London office

Any other details:

Russell was wounded at the Battle of the Somme and taken prisoner. He died in an unknown German hospital. 

Russell was an avid cricketer and was a member of Lloyd's Register's Cricket XI.

David Carter, author of The Stockbrokers' Battalion in the Great War, kindly provided the below information about Russell.

Census 1911 Trevone Lodge

Clerk Lloyd's Register - living with family, father manufacturing stationer, sister clerk stationers, brother clerk coal merchants.

Census 1901 age 7 with family, father printer and stationer. Brother civil servant, sister student, brother school.

10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Stk 1097 Enlisted between 21st and 25th August 1914

29 August 1914: Took the loyal oath in Tower Ditch, Tower of London

3rd September 1914: Paraded with the Battalion in Tower Ditch, marched to Liverpool St Station and by train to Colchester

3rd September 1914 to 25th February: Trained at Colchester

26th February 1915 to 30 July 1915: Trained at Andover and Windmill Hill

31st July 1915: Arrived in Boulogne

11th to 25th August 1915: Armentieres

26th August 1915 to 3rd July 1916: Fonquevillers

3rd July 1916 to 7th August 1916: Albert, La Boiselle, Pozieres, Mamaetz Wood, High Wood

7th August 1916: Left 10th Royal Fusiliers for Officer training

1st October 1916: Commissioned 7th Bn Royal West Surrey Regt

20th October 1916: Joined 7th Bn Royal West Surrey at Albert

18th - 19th November 1916: Included in list of Officers Missing after action

Between 18th and 19th November 7: RWS were involved in attacking trenches near Courcelette.

Buried in the CWGC Queant Rd Cemetery Buissy his Concentration Report shows his body was found buried with an identifying cross in a location identified by grid reference Sheet 51b V 9d 9.6. This refers to a location on the edge of the village of Cagnicourt just to the west of Buissy. He was found with two others who had died between 19th and 23rd November 1916, so this was probably the location of a German hospital. Cagnicourt is 30k north east of the area where he was captured.

Russell's grave can be found at the Queant Road Cemetery, France. For further burial details, including Russell's grave registration report, visit his portal on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

A photograph of Russell and a letter from Russell's father, announcing his son's death, can be viewed below. Published with kind permission of the Governors of Dulwich College.

More information about Russell can be found on the Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World War website or at The National Archives.

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