Russell HYDE
Rank: Private
Number: 106810
Unit: 12th Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment (attached Depot)
Date of Death: 22 November 1918
Age: 18 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

The Hyde family were living at 45 Frank Place in the Attercliffe district of Sheffield at the time of the 1901 Census. Russell, senior, was then 25 and worked as a railway engine fireman. He had been born in Stockport. His wife, Mary, was 26. Russell, junior, was just six months old.

The family must have moved back to Stockport as Regimental records published after the War show that Russell was living in the town when he enlisted. This was, no doubt, when he turned 18 and was conscripted into the army. Russell does not appear on the on-line medal entitlement records at the National Archives. This confirms that he never served abroad with the Army. The Regimental records also note that he "died". This designation usually indicates a death from natural causes. There was a worldwide pandemic of influenza in the autumn of 1918 which killed millions of people. It is probable that Russell was still undergoing his army training when he fell ill.

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