Lancebrook Charles Eglese aka William Russell

First Name: 
Lancebrook
Middle Name: 
Charles
Last Name: 
Eglese
Mother's Name: 
Emelia Eglese nee Weyland 'Helena"
Father's Name: 
Charles Eglese
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, July 27, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
5th Machine Gun Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, September 26, 1917
Place of Death: 
Polygon Wood
Cause of Death: 
Killed in Action
Details: 

William Russell (Service No 121) was born Lancebrook Charles Eglese in 1889.

At the time of enlistment William was single,  28 years of age and employed as a labourer.

William embarked on HMAT A62 - Wandilla from Melbourne, Victoria with the 31st Battalion, Machine Gun Section on 9 November 1915.

On arrival in Egypt on 7 December 1915, he was transferred to 8th Machine Gun Company on 9 March 1916 and arrived in France on 23 June 1916.

William was promoted to Corporal on 1 September 1916.

He saw service on the Western Front as a machine gunner.  William was promoted to Sergeant on 4 March 1917.

On 1st June 1917,  he was transferred to 5th Machine Gun Company where he served with his brother Noel Edward Burgoyne Eglise aka leslie Edaward Watson (Service No 2840) 

William was killed in action on 26 September 1917 and is buried in Spoilbank Cemetery, Plot 1, Row Q, Grave 20 at Zillebeke Belgium.

In 1920 there are letters from his Mother advising of his true name but there is no reason given for why he enlisted under an alias. His brother Noel also served under an alias.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, RUSSELL WILLIAM

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