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John Fox Russell V.C., M.C.

Military: Royal Army Medical Corps

Died: 06/11/1917  Aged: 24

Buried: Beersheba War Cemetery

Cemetery/memorial ref: F. 31.


John Fox Russell, the eldest son of Dr William and Mrs Ethel Maria Fox Russell (nee Thornbury), was born at Plas Tanalltran, Holyhead, Anglesey, on 27th January 1893.

At the age of 16, John began medical training at London University Medical School, his practical training taking place at the Middlesex Hospital, where he joined the University of London Officers Training Corps. By the year 1913 John had been accepted for a commission with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

In March 1916 he was awarded his diploma and transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps in May 1916 with the rank of Captain. John married Alma Taylor at St Mark’s Church, Tunbridge Wells on 23th September 1916.  He saw service in Palestine and took part in the First Battle of Gaza.  On 6th November 1917, he was killed at Tel-el-Khuweilfeh, north-west of Beersheba.

For his bravery under fire he was awarded a posthumous V.C.

Scout Ref: John Fox Russell was a founder member of Wolf Patrol, 1st Holyhead Troop.


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