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Alfred Robert Eric RUSSELL

Regimental number1071
Date of birth--/06/1892
Place of birthBunbury Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressPreston Valley via Donnybrook, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs F M Russell, Woodville, Preston, Western Australia
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 3 Pioneer Btn
Promotion date: 17 January 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: 3 Pioneer Btn
Promotion date: 4 July 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 6th September 1918, near Tincourt, in charge of a platoon. When held up by a nest of machine gun posts, he placed his Lewis gun so as to harass the enemy, and got round the flank of the position and led his men in a rush on the post. The impetus of the attacked caused the enemy to beat a hasty retreat, and the position was captured. Throughout the whole day his able leading kept his men on the move against strong opposition and heavy fire.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: 6021 Pte Alvin Draper Robert FOWLER, 16th Bn, killed in action, 26 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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