John Francis Russell

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Francis
Last Name: 
Russell
Mother's Name: 
Jane Russell (nee Donnelly)
Father's Name: 
William Russell
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, December 16, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
2nd Division Field Artillery
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, October 12, 1917
Place of Death: 
Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Private John Russell (Service No 826) was born in Eden, NSW in 1893. At the time of enlistment he was a single 21 year old labourer living at Stanwell Park.

He embarked on HMAT A6 Clan Mccorquodale on 6th February 1915 with 3rd Reinforcements, 1st Light Horse and saw service on Gallipoli with them from 15th July 1915 till he was wounded in action with a gun shot wound to his back on 7th August 1915. He was evacuated to hospital in Malta and then to England for treatment. He returned to Egypt on 10th March 1916 and was transferred to 10th Field Artillary on 22nd April 1916 and was sent to France with them arriving on 5th June 1916.

On 28th March 1917 he was transferred to 2nd Division Field Artillary and was posted to the Divisional Ammunition Column as a driver.On 12th October 1917 while in the Ypres sector he was hit in the back by a shell fragment while carrying ammunition. John was taken to a dressing station but died on arrival and is buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery Plot IV, Row C, Grave 9.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, RUSSELL JOHN FRANCIS

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