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21/03/2016 The CWGC record Private Alexander Russell as the son of Alexander and Mary Jane Russell, of Tamladuff, Bellaghy, County Derry.
21/03/2016 The CWGC grave records denote that his mother’s name was Mary J Pickering.
21/03/2016 Private Alexander Russell is buried in Savy British Cemetery. Savy is a village six kilometres west of St Quentin.
21/03/2016 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Savy and Roupy were successfully defended by the 30th Division during the German Spring Offensive, but the line was withdrawn after nightfall.
21/03/2016 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.
21/03/2016 Alexander Russell enlisted in Glasgow.
21/03/2016 The 1911 census lists Alexander as age 17, working as a farm servant for the McIntyre’s at house 29 in Tamlaghtduff, Bellaghy.
21/03/2016 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.
21/03/2016 His mother remarried in 1900. John Pickerham / Pickering married Mary Russell on 27th February 1900 in the district of Ballymena.
21/03/2016 Alexander’s father is believed to have died shortly after his birth.
21/03/2016 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.
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