The picture shows a Belgium national placing a poppy on the wall against the name of William Russell on the Menin Gate. Relatives of William and Arthur Russell visited Belgium after the remains of Arthur were identified in 2010/11. Unable to return regularly to Belgium, a local has taken on the mantle of placing a poppy on the Gate to remember the sacrifice of the brothers.

RUSSELL RESERVE

William Russell

William Russell was born on the 13th August 1892 in the town of
Iford near Mudgee NSW, son of William and Gertrude Russell.

William was a resident of Kellyville on enlistment on the 28th
August 1915, the same day as his brother Arthur. He enlisted in
the Australian Imperial Forces as a Private, Service No. 4300.
He joined the 1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement on the 20th
December 1915. The 1st Battallion embarked for overseas
service on the HMAT A 60 AENAES, arriving in Egypt early
February 1916. On the 16th February 1916 he was allotted to
the 54th Battalion.

Moving to France in June 1916, the 54th Battalion was part of
the 14th Brigade in the 5th Division. The Division took part in the
Battle of Fromelles on the 19th July 1916. The 54th Battalion
suffered 65% casualties and William was wounded. His brother
Arthur was killed in the same action. William was evacuated to
Englad for healing and recovery.

After recovering, William rejoined the 54th Battalion in France
in the Somme Valley. William was promoted to Sergeant on
the 17th of May and took part in the 3rd battle at Ypres which
began on the 31st of July 1917. On the eve of the battle of Polygon
Wood on the 25th September 1917, William was killed in
action. William has no knowjnn grave. His name though is listed
on the menin Gate at Ypres with others who lie in unknown
graves in Belgium.

Arthur Russell

Arthur Russell was born on the 14th October in the town
of Illford near Mudgee, NSW, son of William and Gertrude
Russell.

Arthur was a resident of Kellyville on enlistment on the 28th
August 1915, the same day as his borhter William. He enlisted
in the Australian Imperial Forces as a Private, Service No.
4299.

He joine the 1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement on the 20th
December 1915. The 1st Battalion embraked for overseas
service on the HMAST A 60 AENAES, arriving in Egypt early
February 916. On the 16th February 1916 he was allotted to
the 54th Battalion.

Moving to France in June 1916, the 54th battalion was part of
the 14th Brigade in the 5th Division. The Division took part in
the Battle of Fromelles on the 19th July 1916. The 54th
Battalion suffered 65% casualities and Arthur Russell was
killed in action on the 19th or 20th July 1916 and had no known
grave. His brother William was wounded in the same action.

From DNA supplied by a relative in Australia, a body
recovered from a mass grave at Fromelles was identified as
Pte A Russell. His remains were reinterred with full Military
Honours at the Pheasant Wood Cemetery at Fromelles,
France on the 19th July 2011.

LEST WE FORGET

Content from: www.warmemorialsregister.nsw.gov.au

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