Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Worthing, Sussex
Service No.: 19564
Regiment / Division: Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (Including Yeomanry
and Imperial Camel Corp
Battalion: 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlottes Own)
Died: 2nd April 1918 aged 32 years
Death Location: France
Life before the War
Russell was born in 1886 in Worthing Sussex, his father, Douglas Ernest Manners, was born on 27th July 1828 in County Limerick, Ireland. He died in Southampton on 25th March 1898. His mother Ellen E was born in Richmond, Surrey in 1850.
Douglas and Ellen Johnson married at St. Peter’s Church, Norbiton, Surrey on 27th March 1875. Douglas a bachelor gave his occupation as Gentleman. Ellen was a spinster. Both their fathers were shown as Gentlemen.
His siblings were:
Mira M b.1875 Hildenborough, Scotland
Douglas Stratford b.1876 Kingston, Surrey died 1925 Broome, Western Australia, he was buried with Military honours having been a Lt. Col Army Officer.
Henry Herbert Hill b.17th July 1878 Walmer, Kent. He married Florence May Goddard on 10th September 1902. Henry left a Probate:
“Manners Henry Herbert Hill of 32 York Road Aldershot Hampshire died 21 February 1963 at King George V Hospital Hambledon Surrey. Administration Winchester 23 April 1963 to Florence May Manners widow. Effects £375 2s”
The 1891 census shows that the family was living as lodgers of Ellinor Dorman at Gas Road, Burnham, Essex. Douglas’s occupation was a Late Captain in the Army.
In 1911, Russell was stationed in India serving as a Private with the 1st (Kings) Dragoon Guards.
Douglas’s Military Service
Douglas was 16 years and 8 months when he joined the Army. He rose through the ranks and reached the rank of Captain. He served firstly with the 25th regiment and through exchanged joined the 97th Foot Soldiers from 18th April 1845. He served in the Cape of Good Hope from 1845 – 1851, then went to Madras from 6th September 1851 – 30th August 1855
|Name:||Russell J. B. Manners|
|Death Date:||2 Apr 1918|
|Death Location:||France & Flanders|
|Enlistment Location:||Southamptonsotan, F.b.|
|Regiment:||Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps)|
|Battalion:||5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotttes Own)|
|Type of Casualty:||Died|
|Theatre of War:||Western European Theatre|
Russell is Remembered with Honour at the Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. His Memorial read:
“Manners, Pte. Russell John Brissett, D/19564. 5th Dragoon Guards. 2nd April, 1918. Age 32. Brother of M Hayes, of 25, Howard Rd., Southampton. Reference Div.62 III. B. 1.”
Russell was entitled to the 1914 Star, the General Service and Victory Medals.
Researched by Becky Lonergan December 2013