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.

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 Well Street, Ipswich.

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

Emily, 29.

May, 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 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.


Royal Garrison Artillery


  • This is my grandfatherI can’t reconcile the main (top) photo with the one I have of him.His oldest daughter was May not Mary, and one address in Ipswich is Well Street, rather than Wells Street. I am his youngest daughter Daisy’s daughter.

  • very interesting. Feargus was my Grandfather. My mother was his last born, Daisy Alvina. Emily died 3 weeks after giving birth to Daisy.

  • Feargus was my great grandfather: Feargus >> Albert >> Tony >> me

    Such difficult times, amazing anyone survived really (and sadly many simply did not).

    The smallest inset photo is definitely Feargus: he looks so much like my grandad Albert (so much so, that it brought a tear to my eye when I first saw it!). Didn’t realise there were so many offspring! The passing of Emily, orphanage, WW1… it’s impossible to comprehend. Even with Covid-19… we’ve got it pretty easy these days!

  • Hello
    My name is Nick Mansfield and I’m a Professor of History at UCLan in Preston. I was most interested to find this site and entry by random.
    Feargus O’ Connor was the main leader of the Chartist political reform movement of the mid 19thc and children of Chartists were often named after him. This is clearly what happened here as Gunner Russell’s father had the same name. It would have been perfectly possible for this man to have been one of those Chartist children.
    I wonder if there is any memory in the family of this link? I see that Gunner Russell did not pass the name on to his children.
    All best
    Nick Mansfield


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