Thomas Russell

Name   Thomas Russell He is believed to be the soldier

Number    Private 2672

Battalion      59th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Herne Hill London

Next of Kin James L Russell of 254 Rosendale Rd Herne Hill London

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne on 29/5/1915

Physical details on enlistment Age 21 years 7 months, 5’ 7”, 9 stone, blue eyes and light brown hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   show card printer

Date and place of death

He was missing in action at the battle of Fromelles on 19/7/1916 and declared to have been killed on that day at a court of enquiry held on 28/8/1917.

Location of grave or memorial

He is remembered on the VC Corner Memorial Fromelles France.

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He is believed to have lived in the area

Military History

  • ˙29/5/15 He enlisted in Melbourne
  • 26/8/15 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Anchises
  • 31/10/15 He went to Lemnos and joined his unit at Gallipoli
  • 7/1/16 He had been evacuated from Gallipoli disembarked Alexandria
  • 15/3/16 He transferred to the 59th at Tel el Kebir
  • 18/6/16 He joined the British Expeditionary Force and embarked Alexandria
  • 29/6/16 He disembarked Marseilles
  • 19/7/16 He was missing in action at Fromelles
  • 28/8/17 A Court of Enquiry was held into his death
  • He was buried in no mans land and his body never recovered
  • He left all his possessions to parents Mr. James Russell and Mrs. Eliza Russell
  • His will was made in Egypt
  • His medals, plaque and scroll went to parents
  • Statement, Red Cross File No 2380704, 2617 Driver J. FOLEY, 6 December 1916: ‘Another friend of mine, L/Cpl T. Young saw him killed. He was going over the parapet (advancing to the first German line) and fell back. Cpl. Young saw him fall. This was near Fleurbaix. The Germans counterattacked and got as far as our trench where Russell was shot, but they did not get beyond the trench as they were driven back.’

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