Harry Russell was born in Worcester and was married to Hilda, who was later living at 24 Hopkins Street, Tipton. He enlisted in the South Staffords and was probably a regular who had completed his term of service. He either re-enlisted or was transferred to the 7th Battalion of the Suffolks. They went to France in July 1915, fought on the Somme in 1916 and had already taken part in the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. In November they were ordered to the front line for the Battle of Cambrai. This was the first significant battle with tanks and the British forces succeeded in penetrating the Hindenburg Line. The huge German counter-attack of the 30th was expected and, after considerable losses, repulsed. However, Private Harry Russell was killed in action on the 30th. He was 37 years of age and is commemorated on the Cambrai, Cradley and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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