Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Arthur Russell ADAMS - Smithfield Honour roll

Arthur was the sixth child of Alexander and Alice nee Kelly. They lived in “Whyte Bank” where Alex grew mainly cereal crops. The property had a frontage to the Main North Road and went back to the foothills with a rough road past the farmhouse and stables leading on up to One Tree Hill.

Russell as Arthur was known, was a 20 year old farm labourer when war broke out in 1914. His mother Alice had to give written consent on December 17th 1914 for Russell to enlist in the AIF.

Russell enlisted on 26th November 1914 and was posted to “C” Squadron 11th Light Horse Regiment on 16th February 1915. He was promoted to Sergeant on 20th March 1915. On the 27th April 1915, he joined the Regiment in Queensland. He sailed with the Regiment on HMAT A7 “Medic” from Brisbane on 2nd June.

Russel landed in ANZAC 26th August 1915 and transferred to 9th Light Horse Regiment. He was evacuated from Gallipoli on the last night.

After the war, Russell returned to the farm in July 1919, his father passed away in 1920.
In March 1927 he married Gladys Phynella Hooper aged 31, daughter of a citrus grower of Salisbury. They had a daughter Jennifer.

Russell died at Salisbury Private Hospital on 7th September 1938 after an accident in which a team of horses bolted with a huge wagon loaded with hay near the Little Para Hotel on Main North Road. He was 43.

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