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RUSSELL, Lord Alexander George, British soldier, born in England in 1821. He is a son of the sixth Duke of Bedford, entered the army in 1839, and was promoted captain in 1846, major in 1853, lieutenant-colonel in 1856, colonel in 1861, major-general in 1874, and lieutenant-general in 1877. He was aide-de-camp to the governor-general of Canada in 1847, served in the Caffir war in 1852-'3 as deputy assistant quartermaster-general to the 1st division, and was present at the battle of Berea, for which he obtained a medal. He took part in the Crimean war, was at the siege of Sebastopol, and for gallant conduct presented with the Crimea medal and clasp, and with Sardinian and Turkish medals and the order of the Medjidie. He commanded at Shorncliffe in 1873-'4, and in southeastern England in 1877-'8, served in Canada from 1883 till 1888, and at the latter date was succeeded by General Sir John Ross. His headquarters were at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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