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Percy Lionel RUSSELL

Regimental number2417
Date of birth--/07/1888
Place of birthCollingwood Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone inspector
Address75 Archer Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, George Robert Russell, 75 Archer Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPTE (A/CPL)
Unit name27th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 13 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: SIG 2 Div Coy
Promotion date: 6 November 1917


Unit: SIG 2 Div Coy
Promotion date: 16 February 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'Work near Amiens on 8 August 1918 and the following days.'

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'Work from 11th - 22nd September 1917 near Menin Road.'
Altered to Military Medal.
Recommendation date: 23 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 22 July 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He was out day and night for seventy two hours during heavy hostile area shoots, maintaining lines between group headquarters and the groups' twelve batteries. His untiring efforts enabled the artillery to give close support to the infantry during their final assembly and ultimate successful advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Military Medal

'At 6.00 p.m. on the evening of 15th September, 1917, a heavy barrage was placed in the vicinity of the batteries of the left artillery group in the vicinity of BIRR CROSS ROADS, cutting all telephone wires. This N.C.O. with remarkable courage entered the barrage, and going from one break to another, made the necessary repairs, thus restoring communications. During the whole period from 11th September, 1917 to 22nd September, 1917 this N.C.O.'s behaviour under heavy shell fire was an example of the greatest value.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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