The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Russell
First Name:
Douglas Norman
Nick Name:
Rusty
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10164
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
18.12.1940
DOB:
18.01.1915
Place of Birth:
Leederville, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Norman Charles Russell
Mothers's Name:
Gladys Hamilton Russell
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Bank Officer
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A8, Row B, Grave 12, Age 12.
Singapore:
Selarang Canp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
POW#:
1472
Cause of Death:
Cerebral Malaria
Place of Death:
Aungganaung 105km Camp
Date of Death:
21.01.1944
Buried:
Grave No. 105, Aungganaung 105km Camp

General Description

Hale School Memorial
Plaque No 103:
Pte Douglas Norman Russell
Hale School 1926-1931)
2/4th Machine Gun Battalion

Doug Russell, or “Rusty”, attended Hale School from Claremont between 1926 and 1931. He represented the school in the 1st XI, swimming and in the 1st XVIII. After leaving school he joined the Commonwealth Bank and was also in the Citizen’s Military Forces at Claremont, training with the machine-gun company.
He enlisted in late 1940 to join the 2/4th Machine-Gun Battalion. He left Australia in January 1942 to serve in Malaya and was captured by the Japanese when Singapore fell on 15 February.
He was eventually sent to work on the Burma-Thailand railway and died there of disease and malnutrition in January 1943. He was 29 years of age.

Dedicated and placed by Haleian Mr Doug Rowe, son of ‘Rusty’ Russell’s best friend at School, Mr Jack Rowe.
Jack was Captain of Hale School in 1931 and donated Pte Russell’s plaque in memory of his close friend.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
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