Sir Andrew Russell - New Zealand Division

Discussion in 'Military Biographies' started by liverpool annie, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I was looking through the five New Zealand SADs and found some of their records have been digitised ! ( though I have to say - they seem quite diluted ! )- and in the process came across Sir Andrew Russell ..... thought you might find him of interest .... if you would like to add something to the thread ... please do !! :)

    Sir Andrew Hamilton Russell (1868-1960) served as commander of the New Zealand Division from its formation in March 1916 until its disbandment after the armistice.

    Having left his native New Zealand for an education at Harrow and Sandhurst and following initial military service with the Border Regiment in Burma and India between 1887-92, Russell spent a period back home in New Zealand as a sheep farmer.

    Although the latter activity occupied much of his time he nevertheless retained links with the armed services, forming the New Zealand Hawke's Bay Mounted Rifles in 1900 and acting as its commander.

    With the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 Russell was prompt in offering his services on a full-time rather than part-time basis. Appointed to the command of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade Russell - a formidable disciplinarian who was wholeheartedly in favour of the death penalty - inevitably served in Gallipoli in 1915.

    alleged remark made by General Russell

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