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Bruce Russell

Royal Engineers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 5: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Colonel Bruce Bremner Russell D.S.O.
Birth Thursday, 25 August 1859 in Bayswater, Kensington, Middlesex
  registered in Kensington July-September 1859 Kensington was in Middlesex Registration County up until 1889

According to the 1861 census, Bruce B. is the eighth of nine children, to John Alexander and Laura Condie (née Pattison), living at 32 Pembridge Gardens in Kensington. His father is a merchant in East Indies. They have six servants.


According to the 1871 census, Bruce B. is a scholar at Worthing House School on the Chaple Road in Broadwater, Worthing. He is there with his brothers, Frederick and Edward.
(His mother died on 5 October 1876)

"The following, in the order of merit and with the total number of marks obtained, are declared by the Civil Service Commissioners to be the successful candidates at the open competition held in December, 1876, for admission to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich:—...Bruce Bremner Russell, 4,788;"
- Wednesday, 10 January 1877, Pall Mall Gazette.
  "Royal Engineers—The following Gentlemen Cadets, from the Royal Military Academy, to be Lieutenants: 18th December, 1878:—...Bruce Bremner Russell, vice E. C. Hart, promoted." - Wednesday, 15 January 1879, Naval & Military Gazette/Harts Army List

Russell cannot be found on the 1881 or 1891 census', presumed to be in Bombay
(His father, however, died on 8 December 1882).
Although he is a victim of crime in 1892. His solicitor William Charles Galloway is arrested on 10 May 1892 after being 'entrusted by Russell with a power of Attorney for the transfer of certain property, but did convert the same to his own use'.
Galloway pleaded Guilty on 26 July 1892, and sentenced to five years penal servitude.

  "Royal Engineers—Capt. Bruce B. Russell, to be Major, in succession to Lieut.-Col. and Brevet-Col. A. C. Alexander, placed on half pay (Jan.18)." - Saturday, 6 February 1897, Army & Navy Gazette.

Russell cannot be found on the 1901 census'.

  "Brevet-Col. Bruce B. Russell, R.E. (O.C.), on completion of five years' service, as a regimental lieutenant-colonel, has been placed on the half-pay list." - Saturday, 9 October 1909, Cheltenham Looker-on
  "Brevet-Colonel Bruce B. Russell, R.E. (O.C.), half-pay list; has been promoted colonel." - Saturday, 16 October 1909, Cheltenham Looker-on

According to the 1911 census, still single, but head of his household in The Mount, Glenn Manga in Leicester. He had one male boarder and three servants.

  "Col. Bruce Bremner Russell, ret. pay, R. of O." - 1 January 1918, Supplement to the London Gazette

According to the 1921 census, Bruce B., a retired Colonel is still single, but still head of his household, still at The Mount. He still has three servants.
According to passenger lists, Colonel Russell, left the port of Liverpool on 21 November 1922 bound for Bombay on board the 'Castalia', under the mastership of H. Alder. He is still living at The Mount in Leicester.


According to the 1939 register, Bruce, still single, is living at 49 Wilbury Road in Hove with Alma Russell and two servants.
In Russell's trustee report in the London Gazette, October 1942, it was stated that his address is 49 Wilbury Road in Hove, Sussex.

Death Wednesday, 13 May 1942 at 49 Wilbury Road in Hove, Sussex
aged 82 years 261 days registered in Hove July-September 1942
Probate "RUSSELL Bruce Bremner of 49 Wilbury-road Hove 3 Sussex died 13 May 1932 Probate Llandudno 7 September to The Public Trustee and Elma Mary Russell spinster.
Effects £19692 12s. 2d." [2019 equivalent: £1,384,882].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began at the Royal Military College in Woolwich before joining Royal Engineers FC in 1878. He served as a Colonel in the Royal Engineers.
Corinthians guested for the team
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 99th players (100) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 17, 3 February 1883, England 5 Wales 0, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 23 years 162 days;
Individual honours None
Distinctions With an Irish father and a Scottish mother, Russell could have played for three of the home countries.
Died three days after Middlebrough's Jackie Carr

Beyond England

A Royal Engineer from 1878 to 1907, when he retired holding the rank of Colonel.  He returned to serve in the First World War. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.214.

The Numbers
parties Appearances withdrew minutes captain
3 1 two 90 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 0 1 5 0 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match played at a home venue

Match History

 Club: Royal Engineers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res rundown pos

Age 22
15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow
AL withdrew injured
16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL

Age 23
1 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW   for

one of four who became the 99th (100) players to appear for England
the sixth and last Royal Engineer to represent England