Donald George Shefford Russell
Paul R. Hughes
Corporal 202916, 3rd/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment Lance Sergeant 202916, 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment 2nd Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
Born: 18 April 1894
Enlisted: 12 December 1915
Donald was born in Langley Road, Tooting in London, the son of Sydney Bolton and Elizabeth Russell. He was educated at Campden Grammar School and when he enlisted at Worcester in the 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment on 12 December 1915 his home address was the Lygon Arms, Broadway. His occupation was a hotel manager. He was immediately placed into the Army Reserve until he was mobilised on 2 February 1916 and posted to the 3rd/8th Battalion. He was promoted to lance corporal on 19 August 1916 and on 1 September he returned to the 7th Battalion, where he was promoted to lance sergeant the following day.
In 1917 he joined Number 13 Officer Cadet Battalion at Newmarket and was soon admitted to hospital with measles. He was discharged from hospital on 6 March 1917 and returned to his officer training. On 9 November it was reported that he was “on the heavy side but has the right qualities and will make a good instructor”.
Donald was commissioned on 30 April 1918 and posted to the 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment as a second lieutenant. He arrived in France on 22 June 1918 and in August was wounded at Locon in Belgium. His discharge from the army came in 1919.