RUSSELL, John Richard Clayton
(Service number 24/561)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||circa 1883||Place of Birth||England|
|Address at Enlistment||Papanui Station, Ruanui, Mataroa|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John Clayton Russell (father), 36 Alexandra Road, Bedford, England|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces (?)||Served in|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||B Company, 2nd Battalion|
|Transport||HMNZT 31 Tahiti|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||18 June 1917||Reason||No longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||30 November 1918||Age||35|
|Place of Death||Fairlie Hospital|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Fairlie Cemetery, MacKenzie District|
|Memorial Reference||Block 1. Lot 46. (C. of E. Portion.)|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Mackenzie War Memorial, Fairlie, 2016 additions|
John was born about 1883 in the United Kingdom, the son of John Clayton and Blanche Morris (nee Batley) Russell. His parents had married in the March quarter of 1882 at Windsor.
At enlistment he was working at Papanui Station, Mataroa, near Taihape. In 1914 the owner of the station was Henry Matawai Korte.
He enlisted in Wellington on 22 April 1915 and boarded the "Tahiti on 9 October 1915 for Suez, Egypt. At the time his parents lived in High St, Bedford, England.
John returned to New Zealand, only to be caught up in the influenza epidemic of 1918. After his death at the Fairlie hospital he was buried in the Fairlie cemetery where a headstone was erected by his parents.
It is unknown what John was doing in Fairlie, but his personnel records indicate is intended address on discharge was New Zealand – C/o- Mr Gillingham (a private attorney) of Fairlie. Russell’s medals were sent to Gillingham in Fairlie in 1922.
- John Richard Clayton RUSSELL biography by Jennifer Cordes (Mackenzie Genealogical Group) (pdf, 53.7 KB updated 20-Feb-2019)
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