Hugh RUSSEL MC

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RUSSEL, Hugh

Service Number: Second Lieutenant
Enlisted: 2 March 1916
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 3rd Tunnelling Company (inc. 6th Tunnelling Company)
Born: Highgate, London, England, 11 March 1873
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Surveyor
Died: Hit by shell, Hill 70, near Lens, France, 23 January 1918, aged 44 years
Cemetery: Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension
Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 15). France
Memorials: Midland Officers & Contract Surveyors of the Department of Lands & Surveys WA Honour Roll, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club WWI HR
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Second Lieutenant, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
1 Jun 1916: Involvement 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)
1 Jun 1916: Involvement 3rd Tunnelling Company (inc. 6th Tunnelling Company)
1 Jun 1916: Embarked 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company), HMAT Warilda, Fremantle
1 Jun 1916: Embarked 3rd Tunnelling Company (inc. 6th Tunnelling Company), HMAT Warilda, Fremantle
23 Jan 1918: Involvement Lieutenant
18 Apr 1918: Honoured Military Cross, Consistant devotion to duty. During mining operations he displayed marked ability in the attack on Hill 70, near Loos, on 15th April 1917, where he was officer in charge of the investigation party which immediately followed the advance and inspected all dugouts for traps, etc. His organisation and fearlessness encouraged the men to such a degree that under the heaviest fire the work was not delayed. Originally MID but later upgraded to MC. 18 April 1918 on page 847 at position 117

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Thomas and Elizabeth RUSSEL; husband of Georgina RUSSEL, View Street, Western Australia