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Husband: Arthur Bernard RUSS nickname: Bun died at age: 79 Born: 25 Mar 1912 at Gerrards Cross Bucks 1 Died: 1992 2 Resided: 1924 - 1926 at 146 Kenilworth Court, Lower Richmond Road, Putney 3 Resided: 1926 -1927 at 10 Priory Crescent, Lewes 4 Emigrated: Nov 1929 to Australia 5,6 Emigrated: 1938 to Seattle - via England 7,8 Event: Mar 1946 attended Rita Russ's wedding in London 9 Resided: 1946 in Victoria Vancouver Island British Columbia Event: 1989 'Lady Day Prodigal' Cause of death: Cancer Education: Sep 1921- 1924 Shebbear College Devon 10 Education: 1924 St Marylebone Grammar School 11 Education: 1926 - 1927 Lewes Grammar School 12 Occupation: 1930 Farm labourer 13 Occupation: 1933 -1938 various in North Queensland 14 Military: 1940 Royal Canadian Artillery Vancouver 15 Military: 1941 Officer training 16 Military: 1944 Transferred to RC Army Medical Corps in England 17 Military: Feb 1945 Kleve Germany 18,19 Military: 1946 returned to Canada 20 Military: Service medals awarded 21 Occupation: 1950 - 1989 Barrister in Vancouver [ret'd by 1989] 22,23 Father: Charles RUSS Mother: Jessie Naylor GODDARD Other Spouse 1
Wife: Elizabeth Sydney WOODWARD nickname: Fifi age: 81 Born: 27 Oct 1923 Father: Mother: Sources: (1) ABR, 6. (2) DK, 'In the spring of 1991, Barney contacted Patrick again....did not have long to live', 332. (3) NT, 58. (4) NT, 74. (5) DK, 'He secured a Dreadnought passage at the Australian embassy and landed in Sydney in November 1929', 42. (6) ABR, 'I contacted the Australian Embassy. Yes, the Dreadnought Scheme was still open. And yes, I could secure a passage. I signed', 26. (7) ABR, 73-75. (8) NT, That summer, Patrick's brother Bun arrived in England, having spent nine years in Australia. He had worked his passage as a steward on board the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Britain. During the long voyage he became engaged to a girl called Violet Herbert, who has been working as a ship stewardess for several years. He had arrived with the patriotic intention of enlisting in the Army, but unfortunately failed the medical examination on account of an injury to his arm inflicted whilel castrating piglets in teh outback. Greatly disappointed, he accepted an invitation from his uncle Cecil (his mother Jessie's brother) and Aunt Gwen to come and stay at their home in Seattle. He crossed the Atlantic, arriving at Seattle in time for Christmas, where he and his fiancee received a most hospitable welcome. 195. (9) Findell, Photo of wedding, In March 1946 ABR attended Rita Russ's wedding in London to Roy Burt as his best man; as a G.I. Roy had come over from being stationed in Germany and a special licence had to be granted. (10) ABR, 'Michael and I to Shebbear to complete our educations in a manner befitting the family name........Shebbear College was started by the Bible Christians as a school for the sons of ministers to prepare them for entry into that church...........It had been attended by my father and all six of his brothers', 18. (11) ABR, 'Connie, Nora and I were also withdrawn from college at this time [1924], the fees for private education proving more than the family finances could support. Both twins entered nursing school, and young Pat and I went to St Marylebone Grammar School', 23. (12) ABR, 'Father closed his practice in London, and we moved to Lewes in Sussex - an old Saxon town on the banks of the River Ouse where Virginia Woolf was later to commit suicide. The new house was next door to the church housing the remains of a niece of William the Conqueror - discovered when the churchyard was moved to make way for the new railway line. We transferred to the local Grammar School, founded by Henry VIII in 1509, and next door to the castle, It is hardly surprising that history became one of my favorite subjects! The school was small, but the teaching standards very high. In fact, the highest pass in University Entrance exams in all of England was obtained by one of our fellow students .... At the end of my first year, I graduated with my Oxford Junior First Class Certificate with Honours in History and English, my passport to university.', 24. (13) DK, 'Barney, who turned eighteen the same month [Mar 1930] was about to become a farm labourer in Goolgowi, Australia', 44. (14) ABR, 'The five years I spent in North Queensland were a complete contrast to those earlier years in the western Riverina of New South Wales and the Northern Rivers area', ABR tried his hand at many agricultural activities - sheep, corn, tobacco, dairy, swagman, market gardening, cane harvesting, 56. (15) ABR, 'So off with the clothes, on with the vaccinations, documentation, Oath of Allegiance and all the usual preliminary routine. At the end of it all, I discovered that I was a Gunner in the Royal Canadian Artillery, 15th Coast Defence Regiment, whose headquarters in Vancouver maintained forts at Point Grey, Stanley Park, Point Atkinson - and away up north at York Island', 83. (16) ABR, Officer training, commissioning and then Training Officer and Adjutant, 88. (17) ABR, 98. (18) DK, 'In February 1945.....Barney Russ, now a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Medical Corps, found himself in a slit trench near Kleve, Germany', 102. (19) ABR, 'From Aldershot, we crossed the Channel arriving in Napoleon's old Cavalry barracks in Ghent (Belgium) and from thence to our various units. I found myself attached to a field dressing station near Cleve, spending my very first night there under real enemy fire in a slit trench.....We soon crossed the Rhine to the east bank, and found ourselves fighting our way through the totally shattered and ruined town of Emmerich.....Heading on through Holland bringing words of liberation, candy bars and cigarettes to excited villages, we soon arrived in Germany itself, where we were detailed to take over the German-run hospitals, formally declaring all inmates as prisoners-of-war and assuming the duties of the German Medical Corps. To give them credit, these men had stayed at their posts in the face of the advancing Allied Armies to care for their own sick and wounded as best they could, knowing full well that they would be captured, but we were appalled by the pathetic conditions under which they had been working......I was indeed a Captain.', 100-104. (20) ABR, 'Yet another year elapsed, and I must have been one of the last Canadians to be shipped home via Liverpool. The war was really over for us all', 104. (21) ABR, 'Victory Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Bar; Defence of Britain; France and Germany Star', ABR was also awarded a medal by the Diocese of Victoria: 'for service to the Church and Community', 113. (22) DK, '[1989] Barney, now living very comfortably as a retired barrister, was writing an autobiography'. (23) ABR, Qualified 1950 - most of his work as a solicitor rather than a barrister. Offices of Jackson & Co Bastion Square, Victoria. 109-118. Name Index