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Harold Norton RUSSELL

Date of birth17 October 1878
Place of birthWoollahra, New South Wales
Other NamesNORTON-RUSSELL, George Harold
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationInsurance broker
Address76 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinBrother, Percy Norton Russell, Old South Head Road, Waverley, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name13th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914


Unit: PSL
Promotion date: 16 December 1914

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Albert and Henrietta NORTON-RUSSELL

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his party had been caught by enemy barrage and suffered heavily, he rallied them and led them forward until severely wounded himself. His coolness and personal example restored order under very heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Discharge date20 October 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front, England

Served as a company commander at Gallipoli. Served with the 21st Battalion at Bullecourt; won the Military Cross and lost his leg. After leaving hospital served with the 2nd Training Brigade, Salisbury Plain, England.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassy', 17 March 1919; disembarked Sydney, 30 April 1919; discharged (appointment terminated), Sydney, 20 October 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFull name: George Harold Norton-Russell
Date of death14 March 1931
Age at death52
Place of burialFamily Vault, Rookwood Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, RUSSELL Harold Norton

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