Russell John Brissett Manners

Date of birth:                  1886Poppies
Place of birth:                 Worthing, Sussex
Service No.:                     19564
Rank:                                  Private
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

Russell’sWar Service

Name: Russell J. B. Manners
Birth Place: Worthing
Death Date: 2 Apr 1918
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Southamptonsotan, F.b.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps)
Battalion: 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotttes Own)
Number: 19564
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

10 responses to “Russell John Brissett Manners

  1. Philip Manners

    Have been trying to find information on my Great Uncle Russell for some time without success until I discovered the website. Thank you for the research done about him. One small error regarding his brother Douglas Stratford Manners. He died in Broome Western Australia not Broon. My wife and I visited his grave there. Can I ask where you have found the Birth date Information as I still cannot get a match on the BMD site for the date and place for Russell that you have given.Finding his birth date has hampered my research before and I want to get his birth certificate.

    • Hi there,
      Thank you for your email, sorry not to have answered before but I have been away. I have amended the story with the information you gave us and will contact Becky who carried out the research on Russell to see if she can look through the paperwork which goes with Russell’s story to get you the information you require, as soon as I receive a reply I will be in touch, thank you for showing an interest in our site.
      kind regards
      Brenda White for Southampton Cenotaph.

  2. Philip Manners

    Thank you.

  3. Hi Philip,
    I have been looking into information as regards the 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal’s – In February 1918 the division was broken up and the regiment transferred on 10 March 1918 to 7th Cavalry Brigade in (3rd Cavalry Division.) This brigade took part in The Battles of the Lys which took place from the 9th – 29th April 1918. ( a phase known as the Battle of Estaires took place between the 9th – 11th April)
    During these dates the German attack – known as operation Georgette took place and fighting that followed took place in the valley of the River Lys and in the Flemish Hills.

    To find the actual cause of Russell’s death may be a little difficult unless you are prepared to see if any service records survive for him within the regiment. Records for service personnel are held at The National Archives and are not online but held under reference WO339. That may be worth a try, although many records were burned sadly.

    I hope if you try to find more information you are fortunate.
    Kind regards
    Brenda White for Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group.

  4. Philip Manners

    Once again thank you Brenda.I will visit National Archives with your information . Look forward to hearing from you again once you have been in contact with Becky regarding the research on Russell’s birth research.

    • Philip Manners

      Hi Brenda. Have you any news from Becky the researcher regarding the Date Of Birth information for my great Uncle Russell.

      • Hi there,
        Thank you for your email, unfortunately Becky has been unwell and hasn’t been able to get the information as yet, as soon as she is in better health I’m sure she will pass the information on to me. I will keep in touch

        kind regards
        Brenda White for Southampton Families and Friends Group

  5. Philip Manners

    Hello Brenda.I have had a more detailed look at your previous comments Nov 3rd 2014. Could you clarify due to the following . 1) Russell Manners is stated as being in the 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlottes Own) but you state the 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal) . 2) It is stated he died in 2nd April 1918 which means he would not have been in the battle on Lys 9-11th April.
    I hope your researcher is well .I look forward to any information requested re his birth details when your researcher is back at work.
    Thanks . Phil.

  6. Philip Manners

    Any news re above comments.

  7. Philip Manners

    Hi.I have managed to finally find the Birth Certificate for my Great Uncle Russell Manners. It states he was born in Worthing 31/3/1884. He was thus 34 when he died not 32 as your records have stated.

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