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Patrick Alfred Russell

Photo:
(none)

Service No:
Officer

Rank:
Lieutenant (N.B. The CWGC site gives Russell's rank as Second Lieutenant)

Regiment:
Royal Flying Corps (N.B. The Memorial gives his Service as the R.A.F although this Force did not come into being until 1 April 1918 with the merger of the Royal Flying Corps & the Royal Naval Air Service)

Died:
04/02/1917

Aged:
27

Commemorated / Buried:
Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers Guislain

Service History:
Formerly Second Lieutenant with 1/2nd Lovat's Scouts Yeomanry (Territorial Force). Joined the Yeomanry on the outbreak of the war & served throughout the Gallipoli campaign. On his retu to England Russell entered the Royal Flying Corps & obtained a Pilot's certificate in September 1916. Served with the Expeditionary Force in France & Flanders. April 1917 was the month known in the RFC as ‘Bloody April’ as the Germans had air superiority for a while until the newer Allied aircraft such as the Bristol Fighter, the SE 5 & the Sopwith Camel appeared to wrest control back again. April saw the RFC lose over 300 pilots & observers. (Sources: De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1919, Volume 3, page 238; & The Coldstream & District Local History Society; http://www.coldstreamhistorysociety.co.uk/index.php/war-memorials/profile/kirknewton-patrick-russell)

Background:
Born Hamilton, Lanarkshire in 1889, the second son of Margaret D. W. (daughter of the late Robert Walker, of Lethamhill, Lanarkshire) & the late Patrick Brown Russell, of Edinburgh. Educated at Edinburgh Academy & Sherbourne College. Member of the Duke of Buccleuch & Northumberland Hunt, & a prominent rider at the Border Hunt Steeplechase at Kelso. (Source: De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1919, Volume 3, page 238)

Local memorial:
Kirknewton War Memorial