Hanson, William Russell

Photo of WR Hanson in uniform

Age: 18
Date of birth: 1897

Parents: John Hanson and Eliza Russell
Wife: Single
Address: 6 Pickard Row

Occupation: Labourer at Nelson Dale and Company

William was born in February 1897.  In 1901 the family, consisting of his parents John and Eliza, and their two other sons John (6) and Lawrence (1) lived at 6 Pickard Row.

William had two further siblings – sisters Frances, Ivy May (born 1903) and Vicissima Kathleen (born 1905)

By 1911, the family are living at 15 Chapman Street, Emscote and both Johns (father and son) are working at Nelson Dale Gelatine Works.  William was 14 at the time but is not included on the census so may have been boarding elsewhere.

William Hanson Russell
William Hanson Russell

William’s ancestor writes – “Great uncle William Russell Hanson tried to join up in the army while he was still under age I think he was found out so he enlisted under the name of Hanson Russell. He was in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he was in La Bassee France when wounded on 16th of May 1915.   He was brought back to Stanmore Military hospital and died from his wounds on the 11th February 1916. He was interred at Richmond Cemetery on 15th February 1916.”

This appeared in the ‘In Memoriam’section of the Warwick Advertiser on 19th February 1916 :

Military Service

Rank & Number: Unknown, 1467
Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Date of death: Friday, February 11, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Died of wounds at Stanmore Military Hospital
Commemorated/Buried: Richmond Cemetery
Awards: We can find no record of William's medal entitlement
Commemorated locally at:

There are to Attestation records on file where William tried to enlist, whilst underage, as a Reservist with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, under the name of Hanson Russell – as mentioned by his relative.  The first was on 13th December 1913 and the second on 31st March 1914.


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
  • Photo supplier by kind permission of William’s family and accessed via Ancestry.co.uk

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