Image from the Evening Star – 16th November 1941
Born: 1921, Ipswich.
Died: 4pm, 2nd September 1941; age 20; Acute Meningitis whilst on board ship.
Residence: 38, Alexandra Road, Ipswich.
Employed: at the Borough Treasurer’s office – and was known by many tenants of Council housing estates, having acted as rent collector.
Rank: Signaller/Gunner; Service Number: 911799.
Regiment: Royal Artillery, 67 Medium Regiment.
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Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of William A. Smith & Daisy M. Smith, of Ipswich.
Father: William Archibald Smith, born July 1888, Ipswich. A Turner & Fitter – Sugar Factory.
Mother: Daisy May Smith (nee Rush), born July 1892, Ipswich.
Russell was educated at Northgate School. He won his cap at Rugby, and was vice-captain of the XV., afterwards playing for the Y.M.C.A. and Orwell Works teams.
Extract from Taffy’s War; The Story of Prisoner No 259175:-
September 2nd 1941
There was a very sad occasion on board when one of the lads, Russell Smith, who joined the TA with us, died suddenly from acute meningitis. Quite terrible. He had been talking to us at 2pm, then collapsed a few minutes later while going up on deck and died at 4pm.
September 3rd 1941
Russell buried at sea today; the battery signallers acting as bearers and mourners. He was only 20 years old which made it all the more sad for us.
Extra information courtesy of Jane Bradburn.