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Alan James RUSSELL

Regimental number2768
Place of birthLeongatha, Victoria
AddressGowan Brae, Leongatha,Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 9"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Russell, Gowan Brae, Leongatha, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in 45th Bn, Cadets; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 21 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 35), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and E. RUSSELL, Inlet road, Leongatha, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.


Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916 (gun shot wound, chest thigh, left arm); admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 21 July 1916, and transferred same day to 8th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 8th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RUSSELL Alan James

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