Lance Sergeant William Russell

Lance Sergeant William Russell, 1st/7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 26th October 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He fell in an attack on the German positions at ” Angle Point ” and ” Chemin House ” in the Pilchem sector of the Front. Weather conditions were very bad with heavy rain and deep mud. In the face of heavy machine gun fire and with incredible gallantry some ground was captured but could not be held and the Battalion had to fall back to their previous positions. Losses were heavy with 9 Officers and 96 Other Ranks killed and 1 Officer and 150 Other Ranks wounded.

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