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- Biography -
- Frank Hollis Damp Russell -

Unknown person Name : Frank Hollis Damp Russell

Son of : Frank Russell and Ann Russell (née Hollis) of Ventnor.

Born : 1863 Ventnor.

Married (1): 1888, Janie Tonkin[s], at Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor. Daughter : Elsie Mary, born 1890, Ventnor. (Janie Russell died in 1901).

Married (2): 1902, Maria Jeffrey, at St Catherine's Church, Ventnor.
  Census information :

1871 : Frank and Ann Russell, with their children including Frank aged 7, are at St Catherine Place, Ventnor.

1881 : Frank and Ann Russell, with their children including 'Hollis' aged 17, are at the Cottage, Bonchurch. Frank Russell snr is a General Labourer. Frank Russell jnr is a Mason.

1891 : Frank and Janie Russell, with their daughter Elsie, are at 1, St Catherine's Cottages, Sydney Terrace, Ventnor. Frank Russell is a Bricklayer.

1901 : Frank and Janie Russell, with their daughter Elsie, are at 4, Newport Road, Ashley Terrace, Ventnor. Frank Russell is a Bricklayer and Plasterer.

1911 : Frank and Maria Russell, with her son Archibald Jeffrey, are at 1 West View, Upper Ventnor. Frank Russell is a Bricklayer.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 18 August 1942 aged 78. Died at Geneva, High Street, Ventnor.

Buried at : Ventnor Cemetery

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

September 1942


September 1st, 1942
At a time when the whole world seems to be passing through the fire of affliction, and the hearts of men and women, from the highest to the lowest, are saddened by loss and anxiety, the past month has brought grief and bereavement to many in our town. How true it is in these days that "when one member suffers all the members suffer with it," for the hearts of all have gone out in true sympathy to those who have lost their loved ones and their homes. It is grievous to see the destruction caused in some parts of our Island and in our big cities on the mainland. We still feel how very much we have to be thankful for that the loss of life among us has been small, and that all our children are safe. We shall miss the kindly presence of Mrs. White, of West Street, who was with us at St. Catherine's on the last Sunday evening of her life, and was a regular communicant at our church. And for many years Mr. F.W. Russell, another of those killed, was a constant attender at our church, so long as health permitted him. It is calamities such as we have experienced recently that bring home to us the uncertainty of life, and the urgent necessity for being ready to face the call should misfortune overtake us. These are very solemn days, when it does not do to disregard our spiritual obligations and to be careless and indifferent. We have never known a time in our lives when there has been more need for linking our lives with God through Prayer and meditation, and turning to Him in true repentance for our past neglect of Him.

(not all the letter has been transcribed)

Note the Vicar's Letter gives Mr Russell's initials incorrectly


Friday, July 30, 1943 Page 2

DEATH OF MISS ELSIE RUSSELL. - We regret to announce the death of Miss Elsie Russell, only daughter of the late Mr. Frank Russell, which occurred at Romsey Hospital on Sunday evening at the age of 53 years. Miss Russell's father lost his life in an air raid last August, and subsequently she made her home in Southampton. But unfortunately her health failed and she had been an inmate of the hospital for a long time. For a number of years Miss Russell acted as reception clerk at the Beach Hotel, and her last employment in the town was with the Ventnor Steam Laundry Company.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for Newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 28 November 2014 (added further newspaper report)


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