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George Edward Russell

Informatie over geboorte

Geboortejaar:
1883
Geboorteplaats:
Catford, Greater London, Engeland, Verenigd Koninkrijk

Algemene Informatie

Laatst gekende woonplaats:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australië
Beroep:
Schilder
Geloof:
Church of England

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Australië
Strijdmacht:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Service nummer:
283
Dienstneming datum:
24/08/1914
Dienstneming plaats:
Albert Park, Victoria, Australië
Eenheden:
 —  Australian Infantry, 5th Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
04/10/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Retaliation Farm, Zonnebeke, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
34

Begraafplaats

Passchendaele New British Cemetery
Plot: XIII
Rij: C
Graf: 5

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Points of interest 4

#1 Geboorteplaats
#2 Laatst gekende woonplaats
#3 Dienstneming plaats
#4 'Sterfteplaats'

Mijn verhaal

George Edward Russell, a former painter, was born in November 1883 in South London, England. He was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Russell. On August 24, 1914 he enlisted in Albert Park, Victoria, Australia and embarked from Melbourne on board Transport A3 Orvieto on October 21, 1914, with the 5th Battalion, part of the 2nd Australian Brigade of the 1st Australian Division. In July 1916 he got wounded in action (bomb wounds left leg and left thigh) in France.

On the 4th of October, the Battle of Broodseinde was fought. The 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade carried out a mission, with the goal to capture the positions of the enemy as far as the Line Celtic (D.29.d.40.45. to D.29.b.10.60.). The objectives were the red and blue line. The 8th Bn. A.I.F. had to get to the red line, the 6th and 7th Bn. A.I.F. had to reach the blue line. The 5th Bn. A.I.F. was in reserve. At midnight on the night of October 3 and 4, the locations of the various units were as followed: the Brigade headquarters were located at Westhoek Ridge (J1.d.75.10), the 5th Bn. A.I.F. was positioned at the Front Line, with headquarters at J.7.b.6.5., the 6th Bn. A.I.F. was located at Westhoek Ridge, with headquarters at J.7.b.6.8., the 7th Bn. A.I.F. found itself at Westhoek Ridge, with headquarters at J.7.b.5.5. and the 8th Bn. A.I.F. was positioned at Anzac Ridge with headquarters at J.9.a.6.5. The 8th Bn. A.I.F. reached the red line at 6.30 a.m. and advanced 100 yards beyond, to a position of better command and out of the enemy’s barrage, just behind and parallel to the Becelaere-Broodseinde Road, with points of the line touching the road. A hostile Battery was in position on this road just in front of the Line, but they were captured. The red line was consolidated by 7.30 a.m. The blue line was also captured and consolidated. Throughout the day and during the following night, the enemy’s shelling continued to be very severe over the whole captured area, on the old front line and in the valley rear thereof.

George Edward, aged 23, was killed in action on October 4, 1917. Private Russell was initially buried where he fell, near Retaliation Farm, Zonnebeke (28.D.28.c.80.40). His remains were exhumed and interred at Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Plot 13, Row C, Grave 5.

Bronnen 4

2nd Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/2/30).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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5th Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/22/32).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
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Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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