Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, Royal Navy, HMS Russell
Died on 27 April 1916
Remembered at Portsmouth Naval Memorial
National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918
TRUSSLER, R. W., A.B., Royal Navy.
Serving at the outbreak of hostilities, having joined in 1913, he was with the H.M.S. “Russell” in the Mediterranean station in August 1914. He was engaged on important duties with his ship until he lost his life, when she was sunk on April 27th, 1916. He was entitled to the 1914-1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
“Whilst we remember, the Sacrifice is not in vain.”
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HMS Russell joined the Channel Fleet in November 1914 when at Portland and after bombarding the coast of Belgium was sent to the Dardanelles. She stayed at Mudros as support alongside HMS Hibernia in November 1915 but eventually took part in the evacuation on 7 January 1916. HMS Russell was mined on 27 April 1916 just off the coast of Malta with the loss of over 100 lives.