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Name: RUSSELL, John William Pemberton

Nee: bro of Edward John Henderson Russell and Beatrice, wife of Francis George Hall

Birth Date: 12.4.1869 Shepperton, Middlesex

Death Date: 31.1.1953 Halliford on Thames

First Date: 1899

Last Date: 1922

Profession: Director of Uganda transport, later became Chief of Customs

Area: Uganda, Entebbe, Kisumu, Kikuyu

Married: Mary Rose b. 1884

Book Reference: Drumkey, Red 22, EAS, EAHB 1906, UJ, North, EAHB 1907, Web, Gillett, EAHB 1905, North, EAHB 1904, EAHB 1907

War Service: 3rd Batt. E. Surrey Regt.

School: Elizabeth College, Guernsey

General Information:

North - Uganda Railway - may have worked for G. Stewart & Co. previously; arr. Zanzibar from Europe 27/3/1899; appt. Uganda Railway 21/8/1899; arr. Mombasa from upcountry 11/6/1900; based at Railhead Depot, Kikuyu Oct. 1900; Clerk at Railhead May 1901; Kisumu Dec. 1901; Appt. Asst. Transport Officer UP 27/3/1902
EAHB 1905 - Chief of Customs, Entebbe. Asst. Transport Officer, Aug. 21st 1899
Red 22 - J.W.P. Russell, Box 54, Kampala
EAS - 29/1/1903 - Mr Russell arrives today and takes over the Uganda transport
EAHB 1906 - J.P. Russell - Entebbe
Uganda Journal - Vol 22, p. 186 - Group photograph of Uganda officials November 1907.
North - arr. Zanzibar from Europe 28/3/1899; G. Stewart & Co. Zanzibar & Mombasa; Temporary appt. Uganda Transport to take charge of camp at Guaso Kedong 21/8/1899; arr. Mombasa from up-country 11/6/1900; Local employment with Uganda Railway, resident at Railhead depot, Kikuyu 21/8/1900; working for Uganda Transport at Elburgon, March 1901; Clerk at Railhead May 1901; Kisumu Dec 190; Appt. Asst. Transport Officer UP 27/3/1902; Appt. Chief of Customs UP Entebbe 1/4/1904; Promoted to Transport Officer 1/4/1905
Web DNW - He was commissioned as second lieutenant in the 3rd Battn, East Surrey Regt. On 5 Mar 1887, promoted to Lieut. In April 1889, and resigned his commission on 4 Dec 1895. Going out to Africa later, Russell was appointed Assistant Transport Officer in the Uganda Protectorate on 21 August 1899. He became Chief of Customs in April 1904, and Director of Uganda Transport in July 1905. He served in the Nandi Expedition of 1905-06, and received the medal and clasp for his services as Civil Director of Government Transport. In the Uganda Official Gazette of 1 November 1909, there appeared the following announcement: 'His Highness the Duke of Anhalt has been pleased to confer upon Mr J.W.P. Russell, Director of Uganda Transport, the Anhalt Ducal Badge of Honour in recognition of his services in saving from drowning on the 7 September 1908, off the Railway Pier at Entebbe, Miss M. Kahn a native of Anhalt, and His Majesty the King has given his gracious permission to Mr Russell to wear the decoration bestowed.' ……… Russell remained as Director of Uganda Transport for some 17 years and retired from the Uganda service on 15 June 1922. He died at Halliford Cottage, Shepperton on 31 January 1953, aged 83.
Drumkey 1909 - Director, Uganda Transport, July 1st 1905; Asst. Transport Officer, UP 1899; Chief of Customs 1904

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