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Joseph Russell


Belfast Telegraph Newspaper Photograph of Lance Corporal Joseph Russell.

Life Story

Name: Joseph Russell.

Service Number: 30280.

Rank: Lance Corporal.

Battalion: 1st Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

Born: 10th October 1895, Shankill, Belfast.

Died: 5th May 1918.

Address: 64 Mayo Street, Shankill Road, Belfast


Joseph Russell, son of James and Hessie Russell, lived at 64 Mayo Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.

The 1901 Ireland Census has Joseph living at 64 Mayo Street, Belfast with his mother, father, occupation, Spirit Grocer, two brothers, James, 7 years, Abram, 1 year, and two sisters, Lizzie, 12 years, Sarah, 3 years.

The 1911 Ireland Census has Joseph living at 64 Mayo Street, Belfast with his mother, father, Grocer, four brothers, James, 16 years, Railway Assistant Clerk, Abram, 10 years, Walter, 8 years, Albert, 6 years, and two sisters, Lizzie, 21 years, and Sarah, 12 years.

He signed the Ulster Covenant on the 28th of September 1912, Ulster Day.

Joseph joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force.

Joseph was a Lance Corporal in 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he Died of Wounds within Alder Hey Hospital, West Derby Liverpool, on the 5th of May 1918 aged 22 years.

A local newspaper states.

Lce-Cpl J Russell, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Mayo Street, Belfast, died of wounds.

It states on the C.W.G.C Certificate that Joseph was 23 at the time of his death, however he was in fact 22 at the time of death. But confusion around the age of soldiers at the time of their deaths is a familiar aspect to Service at this time, as many would add, or even deduct, years off their age, just to be able to enlist.

Josephs Soldiers Effects were left to his mother Hessie.

A Pension Application Form shows his mother as claimant.

A Dependant Pension Application Form shows his mother Hessie as claimant also.

He received the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

He is Remembered at Belfast City Cemetery, Northern Ireland.

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