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18972   Private Alexander Russell
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 20/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 22/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Summary      
Alexander Russell was the son of Alexander and Mary Jane Russell. Alexander was born in County Antrim sometime around1888. Alexander’s father is believed to have died shortly after his birth. His mother remarried in 1900. The 1911 census lists Alexander as age 17, working as a farm servant for the McIntyre’s at house 29 in Tamlaghtduff, Bellaghy. Alexander Russell enlisted in Glasgow. Private Alexander Russell was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds in Savy, France on Friday 22nd March 1918.
Further Information
Alexander Russell was the son of Alexander and Mary Jane Russell. Alexander was born in County Antrim sometime between 1888 and 1893, most like the former.
Alexander’s father is believed to have died shortly after his birth.
His mother remarried in 1900. John Pickerham / Pickering married Mary Russell on 27th February 1900 in the district of Ballymena.
The 1901 census lists Alexander as age 8 living with his step family (Pickerham) at house 15 in Ballymacombs Beg, Bellaghy, County Londonderry. His step-father, John Pickerham, was a farm labourer.
Main Street, Bellaghy
The 1911 census lists Alexander as age 17, working as a farm servant for the McIntyre’s at house 29 in Tamlaghtduff, Bellaghy.
Alexander Russell enlisted in Glasgow.
Medal card
Private Alexander Russell was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds in Savy, France on Friday 22nd March 1918.
On the 21st March 1918 Savy and Roupy were successfully defended by the 30th Division during the German Spring Offensive, but the line was withdrawn after nightfall.
Private Alexander Russell is buried in Savy British Cemetery. Savy is a village six kilometres west of St Quentin.
The CWGC grave records denote that his mother’s name was Mary J Pickering.
The CWGC record Private Alexander Russell as the son of Alexander and Mary Jane Russell, of Tamladuff, Bellaghy, County Derry.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballymacombs Beg, Bellaghy Bellaghy Census listing in Ballymacombs Beg, Bellaghy 54.837917 -6.515276
2 Tamlaghtduff, Bellaghy Bellaghy Census listing in Tamlaghtduff, Bellaghy 54.827650 -6.518580
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'Russel' family 1901 census lists Alexander as age 8 living with step family at house 15 in Ballymacombs Beg, Bellaghy, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Alex Russell 1911 census lists Alexander as age 17 boarding at house 29 in Tamlaghtduff, Bellaghy, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private Alexander Russell
4 National Archives UK Medal card of Private Alexander Russell can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2020