Remembered with honour Thiepval Memorial: Pier and Face 12D and 13B.
He enlisted in Hornsey, Middx, 12 September 1914 aged 21, 5’11” tall, ex 10th Middlesex Regiment (time expired); next-of-kin his mother of Watford. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 1 September 1915, and was killed in action.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Frank in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 14 October 1916; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 15 September 1917 and 14 September 1918.
Son of Elizabeth (nee CAPLEHORN) RUSSELL of Watford, and the late Joseph Rabbits RUSSELL.
His parents married 1869 in the Winchester, Hants, district. Joseph died 11 December 1906 in Watford aged 60, and was buried 14 December in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Elizabeth died 4 January 1932 in Watford aged 84, and was buried 7 January, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Frank was born 3 December 1892 or 4 March 1893 in Watford, and baptised 15 March 1893 at St Andrew’s, Watford. He attended first Callow Land Infants’ School, Watford; then Callowland Board School from 8 January 1900 to 11 October 1901, when he transferred to Alexandra School, Watford, from 21 October 1901 to 14 February 1902; then back to Callowland Board School from 4 March 1902 to 8 September 1905, when he won a County Council Scholarship to Watford Grammar School from September 1905 to July 1910. He resided in Watford.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1901 Census, aged 8 he lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1911 Census, a student teacher with Herts County Council aged 18, he still lived in Watford, with his widowed mother and four siblings.
Date of death16/09/1916
Age at death24*
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)