Other names: James Henry
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersShefford, BedfordshireWoking, Surrey
Story: James Henry Russell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2 Dec 1885 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 21 Jan 1886 the son of Mark Russell and Mary Ann Russell (nee Fry). He lived his early life in and around the area and by 1911 the family home was at 13 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 71198). He served with the Lines of Communication Signal Services in France and Flanders. On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Gwendolyne Gladys Irene Alldritt at St, Michael and All Angels Church, Shefford, Bedfordshire, in 1920. They went on to have four children. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 157 York Road, Woking, Surrey, working as a GPO Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist. His death was recorded on 15 Dec 1950 at Woking, Surrey.