Russell – 1 Hadlow Place

From at least 1908 (and 1911 Census), George Andrew Russell (Bn 1856) (56) and wife Hannah Maria (52), lived in six rooms at 1 Hadlow Place.  George was a Gardener for a Gentleman.  They had ten children – Hannah Maria (32), George William (31), Joseph (28), Edith (25), Sarah Emily (22) a Domestic Cook, Rose (21) a Housemaid, Alfred (19) employed at a Greengrocers, Percy (14) employed at a Dentist, Reuben (12) and Ellen (8).

By 1914, they had moved to 4 Bourdon Road, Anerley.  Son Percy (Bn 26 January 1897), enlisted on 4 October 1914 stating the age of 19, though he was only aged 17.  Private 23699.  He was 5’4” and his Occupation was a Baker/Carman for Mrs Rowden’s Bakery at 40 Anerley Hill.  He was Wounded in Action 30 September 1917 and on 27 July 1918, while fighting in France with the Royal West Kent Infantry Regiment 10th Battalion.

He survived and married Iris Priest in 1929 and moved to Battersea, occupation a Chemist Assistant.  In 1939, he was a Manager of a Dispensing Chemist.

Son Rueben (Bn 13 Jan 1899), during WW1, became Battery Sergeant Major 30150 (mainly responsible for the guns and ammunition) for the Royal Field Artillery.  He survived and married Doris Heeley on 4 October 1926, when he was 27.  By 1939 he also became a Pharmacist, living in Battersea.

George and Hannah Maria had listed on the 1911 Census, the names of all children, although it stated they were not all resident at 1 Hadlow Place.  One son, Joseph (Bn 1882), was married to Emma (Bn 1877 D1967) in 1904 at Emmanuel Church, West Dulwich, when he was aged 21 (stating his address as 6 Hadlow Place).  They had two children, Edgar (1906) and George (1911) and lived at 14 Berridge Road (1911) (3 rooms).  Joseph and Emma later lived at 156 Gipsy Road, where Emma (Widow) was still living in 1939.  Joseph’s occupation was a Gardener.  He enlisted on 30 August 1916 stating the age of 34 years and 5months, and joined the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), Private Joseph Russell 67750, 5ft 5”.  He was Killed in Action in France on 28 May 1917.  He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.