Image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper.


Born: 1876, Hove, East Sussex.

Baptised: 24th December 1876, Hove, Sussex; Father: James Feargus O’Connor Russell.

Died: 6th May 1917; age 39; Died of Wounds – 8th Casualty Clearing Station.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Harwich. Parents – 81, Rope Walk, Ipswich.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 132965

Regiment: Royal Garrison artillery.

Formerly 289, Essex & Suffolk R.G.A., 220th Siege Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Duisans British Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Mrs F.A. Russell, of 34, Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich.




1881   55 & 56, George Street, Hove, Brighton, East Sussex.


Feargus was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Feargus O’Connor Russell, 37, a Sugar Boiler & Confectioner, born Brighton, East Sussex.

Frances Russell (nee Leggatt), 36, born Brighton.

James Russell, 14, born Hove.

Alice Russell, 8, born Hove.

Harriet Edith Russell, 2, born Hove.

Albert Russell, 1, born Hove.


1891   1 & 3, East Street, Ipswich.


Feargus was 14 years old, an Assistant Confectioner. He was living with his parents & sisters.

James, 47, a Confectioner.

Frances, 46, Confectioner’s Shopkeeper.

Alice, 18, a Tailoress.

Edith, 12.

Maud Jemima Russell, 4, born Ipswich.


1901   1, Little Wells Street, Ipswich.


Feargus was 24 years old, a Sugar Boiler. He was married & Head of the Household.

Emily, 29.

Mary, 2.

Holly, 10 months.


1911   2, Union Court, Union Street, Ipswich.


Feargus was 33 years old, a Platelayer. He was Head of the Household.

Emily, 39.

Holly, 10.

Ivy, 8.

Albert, 7.

James, 5.

Violet, 4.

John, 3.


In 1897, Ipswich, Feargus married Emily Moore, born 1872, Ipswich. They had 8 children:

May Lilian Russell, born 1899, Ipswich.

Holly Victoria Russell, born 1900, Ipswich.

Ivy Alexandria Russell, born 1902, Ipswich.

Albert Edward Russell, born 1904, Ipswich.

James William Russell, born 1905, Ipswich.

Violet Emily Russell, born 1906, Ipswich.

John Harry Russell, born 1908, Ipswich.

Daisy Russell, born 1912, Ipswich.


Feargus’s wife Emily Russell died, 1912, Ipswich.


On the 28th November 1915, at Ipswich Registry Office, Feargus married Florence Annie Markham (nee Holt), born 1873, Bermondsey, Surrey. Florence had two sons from her first marriage: Harry Markham, 1904 & George Markham, 1910.

George Arthur Markham, Florence and Harry Frederick Markham.

Soldiers’ Effects to Florence Russell – widow.


Feargus is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.


Photographs courtesy of Brian & Dorothy.


Royal Garrison Artillery


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