RUSSELL, Henry Hastings Le Cren
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Date 25 October 1878 Place of Birth St Leonards, Sussex, England

Enlistment Information

Date 28 July 1917 Age 38 years
Address at Enlistment Private Bag, Gisborne
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs E. A. SELFE (friend), Dommett Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6½ inches. Hair black. Eyes grey. Complexion dark.

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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Sheep farmer


Date 25 December 1952 Age 74 years
Place of Death Ashburn Hall near Duneedin
Notices The Times, London, 23 January 1953
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Andersons Bay Dunedin; ashes interred Northern Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block 112, Plot 14a
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Henry Hastings Le Cren Russell was the oldest of the three sons of Philip Henderson Russell and his wife Margaret Douglas née Le Cren. Born in 1878 in England, he would have been with his parents at Otipua near Timaru as a little child. His father Philip, a long-time invalid, died at Otipua nine weeks before the youngest was born and when Henry was only a little over two years old. Their mother remarried in 1886 in London, to George Row. She died in 1935 in Kensington, London. Probate was granted to her son George and his wife (who was Margaret’s niece). Henry and his brothers may have been educated at Taita School before going on to Wanganui Collegiate, Henry there from 1895 till 1897.

Henry was a sheep-farmer at Gisborne when he was listed on the Reserve Rolls, was drawn in the ballot and called up, and enlisted, at the age of 38 years. In 1914 he was the nominated next-of-kin for his brother Philip. Like his brothers he travelled a great deal. His brother, George Gray Russell, served with the British Forces with distinction, and his youngest brother, Philip Durham Le Cren Russell, served with the New Zealand Forces in World War I. Henry Russell died on Christmas Day, 25 December 1952 at Ashburn Hall near Dunedin.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [08 March 2020]; Britsih Army Medal Rolls (The National Archives) [09 March 2020]; Andersons Bay Cremation record & Northern Cemetery burial record (Dunedin City Council) [09 March 2020]

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