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Thomas Lippett RUSSELL

Regimental number2672
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShowcard writer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, J T Russell, 254 Rosendale Road, Herne Hill, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Eliza RUSSELL, 16 Brockwell Park Gardens, Herne Hill, London, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 6th Bn, Lemnos, 31 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 59th Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebit, 15 March 1916.

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

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presumed Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2380704, 2617 Driver J. FOLEY, 6 December 1916: 'Another friend of mine, L/Cpl T. Young saw him killed. He was going over the parapet (advancing to the first German line) and fell back. Cpl. Young saw him fall. This was near Fleurbaix. The Germans counterattacked and got as far as our trench where Russell was shot, but they did not get beyond the trench as they were driven back.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RUSSELL Thomas Lippett
Red Cross File No 2380704

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