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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the great War 1914-1918 now in the Worksop Library
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
Daniel Holden Russon was born in Worksop in 1890 to Daniel Russon and Edith Ann Holden who were married at Worksop in 1887. The couple produced a family of 11 whilst living mainly in Dock Road, Elizabeth 1888, Daniel Holden 1890, Frederick 1891, Flora 1895, Wilfred 1896, Edith 1898, Nellie 1903, Jessie May 1904, Beatrice1906, Agnes 1909 and Edward in 1911. On 20 Aug 1908 Daniel was attested for 3rd Sherwood Foresters special reserve, number 2818. He was required to turn up for annual training sessions which he sometimes failed to do and was given punishment accordingly. In 1911 he was living with the Trickett family home at Turners Street, Great Hourghton, nr Barnsley as a boarder working as a coal miner. On entering the war, he must have transferred to the RGA.
25 Aug 1917
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Gunner
Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner Dan Russon Worksop Guardian 14 September 1917 Information has been received of the death, killed in action, of Gunner Dan Russon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Russon, of 69, Westgate, Worksop, and of a heavy battery of the R. G. A. The news was received by his parents from his wife who resides in Plymouth, and was communicated to her by the officer commanding Gunner Russon’s Battalion. It stated that he was killed in action on August 25th, but no details were given as to the circumstances. Gunner Russon was a regular soldier before the war, having enlisted about five years ago. He was 24 years of age, married, but no family. Born in Worksop, he attended St. John’s Boy’s School, and upon leaving school, went to work at Shireoaks, where he remained until his enlistment in 1912. He was in training at Plymouth until September, 1913, when he was drafted to Hong Kong, China, where he stayed until November, 1916, when he came back to England, and was married at Plymouth. In May of this year, he was drafted to France, and since that time he has been hard engaged in the artillery work which has been so marked in the various advances. Dan had many friends in Worksop, and was well liked by his mates at Shireoaks, and many expressions of regret at his death are made with the young widow, the parents, and brother’s and sister’s. Mr. and Mrs. Russon have had 10 children, three boys and seven girls, and all of the lads have given their services to the country. One brother is Instructor in the R. F. A. , at Aldershot, and another Wilfred, the youngest, enlisted three times, but was rejected each time, unfortunately. The father too has seen service in the war, enlisting by “making a mistake” in his age, and when the error was discovered, he was discharged, after serving six months. A son-in-law, Pte. William Henry Pressley, is also with the Labour Battalion in France, so that the Russon family have reason to be proud of their service to King and Country
Commemorated on the Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the great War 1914-1918 now in the Worksop Library
    Daniel Holden Russon - photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the great War 1914-1918 now in the Worksop Library
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Bard Cottage  Cemetery,  Belgium.
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Daniel Holden Russon - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle