Name: Drostan Arthur Cumine Russell
Suffix: 6th of Aden
Birth: 29 AUG 1891
Death: 31 OCT 1915 in Mutotoni?s Village, Rhodesia
Education: Balliol, Oxford
Occupation: Rhodesian Rifles.
WW1: Fought with Rhodesian Rifles against German East Africa Force. Died of Blackwater fever while trekking back to base having been granted discharge to return to Scotland to manage an estate.
Education: Radley. Balliol, Oxford
Cause: Blackwater fever
MEM: War Memorial, Victoria Falls, Zambia. Balliol College, Oxford.
Change Date: 7 APR 2012
He is listed on WWI memorial at Balliol College, on west wall of Chapel Passage, with the date 1909, his year of entry to the college.
Russell, Drostan Arthur Cumine. Born 29 August 1891; son of Maj-Gen Francis Shirley Russell (Balliol 1860), CMG, of Aden, Aberdeenshire.
Educated at Radley; Balliol 1909-11 (tutors: AD Lindsay, NS Talbot); Torpid (2); Eight. In Rhodesia 1911; enlisted Dec 1914 in Rhodesian Rifles; S African Forces in operations in Central Africa against the
German E Africa Force. Died of fever in N Rhodesia, 31 Oct 1915.
(Balliol College Register/ 2nd ed (1933))
In mid-1915 Rifleman Drostan Arthur Russell was informed that he had inherited a sizeable legacy. He applied for and was granted discharge from the Northern Rhodesian Rifles and started marching back to the railway at Broken Hill. Unfortunately he contracted blackwater fever and died at Mutotoni?s Village, two-thirds of the way along his route, on 25 July 1915.
(Northern Rhodesian Rifles. http://www.kaiserscross.com/188001/296401.html)
Date of death from Radley Register.
Junior School 1904.
Father: Francis Cecil Shirley Russell b: 13 DEC 1840
Mother: Phillipa Augusta Maria Baillie b: 19 MAY 1854