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  • Name: John Fox RUSSELL
  • D.O.B: 27th January, 1893
  • D.O.A: 6th November, 1917
  • D.O.D: 27th January, 1893
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached 1/6th Battalion The Royal Welsh Fusiliers
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Tel-el-Khuweilfeh, Palestine 6 November 1917

6 November 1917

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The First World War 1917 

After the fall of Beersheba and while the Third Battle of Gaza was in progress, British and Turkish troops clashed in the hills to the north. On 6 November 1917 1/6th Battalion The Royal Welsh Fusiliers formed part of a British force that engaged with the Turks at Tel-el- Khuweilfeh, about ten miles north of Beersheba and ten miles east of Tel-esh-Sharia. In this action, Captain J F Russell, Royal Army Medical Corps, distinguished himself.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery displayed in action until he was killed. Capt. Russell repeatedly went out to attend to the wounded under murderous fire from snipers and machine guns, and, in many cases where no other means were at hand, carried them in himself, although almost exhausted. He showed the highest possible degree of valour. 

Sixth Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 January 1918. 11 January 1918, Numb. 30471, p. 722

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