Private Archibald Henry Russell (1524)

1/15th (County of London) Bn (Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles), The London Regiment, 140th Brigade, 47th Division, T.F., B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: Malvern Library,

Burial/Commemoration: Arras Memorial

Nature of Death: Killed in action near Arras, France 23/5/1916

Age: 22

Next of Kin: Son of the Revd H Russell of Malvern

Previous Employment: London County Council Architecture Section

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Revd H Russell, Pastor of the Emmanuel Church, received official notification in December 1916 that his son was killed in May. Archibald Russell was 22 years old and educated at Reading. On leaving school he entered Messrs Raven Croft & Sons, Reading and from there passed on in 1912 to an appointment in the London County Council Architecture Section. He was a member of the Territorial Force and went to the front with a London Battalion in early 1915.

A comrade wrote: “It may be a little solace to you to know that we, the original 1st Bn men, who knew him, so intimately sincerely deplore the loss of so gallant a solder and so fine a colleague. He was a cheerful and staunch companion to all.”

His death occurred on the same day his younger brother was buried in Great Malvern Cemetery.

Malvern News 2/12/16

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