Today Dr Elizabeth Bruton of the Innovating in Combat project (a collaborative project between University of Leeds and the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford; funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) has published a guest post on their blog based on my previous research into Lt J W Russell MC DCM MM, Royal Engineers Signal Service, listed on the Surrey Association Roll as a Dorking ringer. It is a lightly revised and updated version of an article which originally appeared in The Ringing World on 19 October 2012, pp1102–1104, 1106–1107. I’m grateful to Robert Lewis, editor of The Ringing World for his permission for it to be reproduced, including material from original wartime ringing newspapers.
The Innovating in Combat project is examining the usage of telecommunications technology during the war. The fact that Russell was from the Dorking area was particularly interesting to Liz as she is giving a talk on the project to the Dorking and District Radio Society entitled “Waves and Wires: Telegraphy during World War One” on Tuesday 28 January, 19:45, at The Friends Meeting House, Butterhill, Dorking (further details are on the society’s events page).
Russell was born in Mickleham, and subsequently lived in Ewhurst and Abinger. Seeking work as a gardener also took him to Farnham, and to work on what’s now a National Trust property, Standen, in Sussex (near East Grinstead). In due course he’ll get his full page here, which will include full references for some of the things mentioned in passing in the article.