2nd Class Airman Russell Charles Forehead

Thank you to Jane Anthony for this research.

The eldest of the six children of Charles and Charlotte Forehead of Abinger Hammer. His father was a blacksmith, both parents were born locally and in the 1911 census their address was given as Brookside, Abinger Hammer.

Initially he joined the Navy on 3rd October 1917 (F39101). He first served on President 11, a training establishment in the Thames Estuary; then as a smith and engineer on HMS Deadelus. His records show that he had brown hair and eyes with a dark completion. His height was give as 5ft 4.75inches. His conduct with the Navy for classified as very good. He was transferred to the RAF in February 1918.

The RAF was only formed in that year from the Royal Air Corps and the Royal Navy Air Service, as Russell was only born in 1900 he must have been one of the earlier recruits for the RAF; being a blacksmith and engineer would have probably made him a good match. He died of  influenza on 15th March 1918 aged only 19, He is buried at the Marcinelle New Cemetary, Hainuat Belgium.

Born Abinger Hammer, Dorking
Lived Abinger Hammer, Dorking
Son of Charles and Charlotte Forehead of Brookside, Abinger Hammer
Regiment Royal Air Force
Number F39101
Former Regiment President 11
Date of Death 15th March 1918
Place of Death Belgium
Cause of Death Influenza
Age 19
Cemetery Marcinelle New Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium
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