Russell James Thomas Darnell Lt 184188
Name Russell James Thomas Darnell
Army number 184188
Decorations It has been confirmed that Captain Russell received all of the relevant Service Awards for his regimental serice in WW2, namely the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939/45.
Date of birth Born South Shields 1912/13.
Unit Joined The Durham Light Infantry - Emergency Commission as 2/Lt 19/4/1941. Posted 10th Bn DLI 27/5/1941. Served Iceland. Served Normandy. KILLED in ACTION 29/6/1944 with 10th Bn The Durham Light Infantry.
Company/Battery S Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit Pioneer, Mortar, Carrier.
Task or role Duty Officer, Platoon Commander.
Joined Brigade 27/5/1941.
Promotions W/S Lt 1/10/1942, T/Captain 30/7/1943.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action 29-Jun-44. Initially interred at Rauray - Map Sheet 7F/1 - map reference 892.655. Re-buried 26/4/1945 in Grave IV. E. 13. Fontenay-le-Pesnel War Cemetery, Tessel. Headstone inscription reads "BELOVED HUSBAND OF CIS AND LOVING DADDY OF ROLAND. TIME PASSES, SHADOWS FALL REMEMBRANCE OUTLASTS ALL".
Home address Resident of Paisley. Son of Thomas Gatehouse and Alice Lena Russell (nee Cook), husband of Sarah Peacock Wilson Russell, 61, Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth.
Source table 10DLI
We are grateful for Major Russell having supplied additional information in respect of his late uncle.