Friday 27 January 2012

Private George Robert Russell

Born on 2 November 1893 in Carleton County, Ontario - son of Mrs. Mary Christine J. Russell, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as machinist; single; currently a member of the 43rd Regiment Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles; no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 30 October 1914 (number 48592) - landed in France with the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps on 7 or 9 February 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 or 12 July 1918 - killed in action on 2 September 1918 - buried in Dury Mill British Cemetery (grave I.C.29), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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