Roy Russell

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Lieutenant Roy Russell
Life dates
1918 - 08 Jan 2015
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Unit or location Role Posted from until
Kent Network, Area 13 Area Officer Royal Signals 03 Nov 1943 01 Feb 1944
Harston, Area 14 Area Officer Royal Signals 1944 1944
Harcourt, Area 18 Area Officer Royal Signals 1943 20 Jul 1944
Bramley, Area 19 Area Officer Royal Signals 1943 20 Jul 1944
Sevenoaks Control Operator 1943 1943
The Royal Signals
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3 Nov 1943

15 July 1939 Roy was called up into the Royal Corps of Signals, Army number 2360192. After basic training he spent 6 weeks at the Merchant Navy Wireless Telegraphy School in Hull where he was taught to send and receive 20 words of Morse per minute.

He was hospitalised as a result of a severe reaction against the anti-gas chemical impregnated into his battledress. After that he was medically downgraded to Category ‘B’ - for UK service only.

He was then posted to number 1 Special Wireless Group at Rothamsted House, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, secret radio interception for the ‘Y’ Service in Autumn 1940.

Mid 1941 he was posted to 105 Special Wireless Section at Cardfields Farm near Hatfield Peveral in Essex, intercepting enemy aircraft signals.

May 1943 Officer Cadet Training Unit to November 1943 Commission.

3 May 1944 War Substantive Lieutenant, Auxiliary Units Royal Signals Area Officer South Wales, then Kent and Sussex.

Late 1944 Assistant Adjutant Penley Camp, Shrewsbury where he organised shows and wrote scripts for men and women awaiting being demobbed.

Discharged 1946.

Before his death the Russell family persuaded Roy to write his memories of Auxiliary Units.

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Post war Roy became a noted screenwriter, writing over 200 television scripts including scripts for No Hiding Place, The Saint, A Man of our Times, The Troubleshooters, The Onedin Line, A Family at War, Doomwatch and Tales of the Unexpected. 1966-1978 Treasurer of the Writers Guild of Great Britain (the union for writers).

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Roy Russell 2014 (from the Russell family)

The Russell family

Churchill's Underground Army by John Warwicker