|Death: ||Jan. 1, 1915, At Sea|
Casualty of the Great War,Henri, aged 29 [Service No:M/10984]and his twin brother,John Villiers Russell , were Senior Reserve Attendants in the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve on H.M.S. "Formidable",a battleship serving with the Royal Navy. She had a crew of 780 men. On New Year's Day, 1915, the fleet was returning from firing exercise. Six battleships and two cruisers were sailing in line through Lyme Bay. HMS Formidable developed engine trouble and was last in the line. Unknown to the navy the fleet was being shadowed by a German submarine. At 2.30am, in bright moonlight, she was sunk by two torpedoes from German submarine U24 off Portland Bill, in the English Channel.She was the second British battleship to be sunk by enemy action during the First World War. The loss of life was 35 officers (including Captain Loxley) and 512 men.The body of Captain Loxley's dog "Bruce", [a war dog] was washed ashore and was buried in a marked grave in Abbotsbury Gardens in Dorset.
They were both employed as Joiner's Labourer's prior to enlistment and were sons of Isabelina Villiers-Russell of 17 Audley Street, Crewe and the Late Benjamin Villiers-Russell. The family name was 'double-barrelled' [hyphenated] but the birth records do not show the name that way.
Births Mar 1885 Russell John Villiers Nantwich 8a 373
Births Mar 1885 Russell Henri Villiers Nantwich 8a 372
Benjamin Villiers Russell (1837 - 1912)
Isebelina Villiers Dean Russell (1845 - 1932)
Henri Villiers Russell (1885 - 1915)
John Villiers Russell (1885 - 1915)*
Coppenhall, St. Michael Churchyard
Cheshire East Unitary Authority
Plot: In the south-east corner.
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Originally Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Dec 11, 2012
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