Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle Mercury 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.
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.
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.
Maud Jemima Russell, 4, born Ipswich.
1901 1, Little Well Street, Ipswich.
Feargus was 24 years old, a Sugar Boiler. He was married & Head of the Household.
Holly, 10 months.
1911 2, Union Court, Union Street, Ipswich.
Feargus was 33 years old, a Platelayer. He was Head of the Household.
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 Elvina Russell, born 1912, Ipswich.
Feargus’s wife Emily Russell died, 1912, Ipswich, just 3 weeks after the birth of Daisy.
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.
A family note: “Daisy Alvina Russell” My mother’s middle name was Elvina, after one of her Aunts. She was raised by another Aunt. The other children were either already working or went into orphanages. Mrs Markham obviously couldn’t or wouldn’t take on Feargus’s children. Good old days? I think not!
Feargus is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.
Photograph of Florence and her sons courtesy of Brian & Dorothy.