Thursday 26 January 2012

Sergeant David Russell

Born on 19 March 1894 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Robert Russell, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as railroad clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 6 feet 0.5 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; healthy complexion; blue eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 17 February 1915 (number 410187) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 26 August 1917 - buried in Villers Station Cemetery (grave X.F.11), 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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