Newspaper Article – An Early Bird


A HAWKE’S BAY girl who has an interesting war-job in England is Subaltern Sally Russell who was in Fiji when war broke out and fared forth and joined the A.T.S. in 1940. Driving an ambulance in the north in all weathers, through snow and storms, was her first experience. Later she gained her commission in Edinburgh. Her sister Molly is also in England and a petty-officer in the W.R.N.S., joining up after giving up the work for which she trained – interior decorating. Both are daughters of the late Hon. Harold Russell whose home, “Little Flaxmere,” was one of the fine old residences of Hastings. The late Mrs. Russell was also of a pioneer family, being a daughter of the late William Nelson, of Waikoko, whose lovely home is now transformed into the A. and P. Society’s showgrounds. Another relative in the A.T.S. is their cousin Diana Price, daughter of Lady Price of Gloucestershire. a sister of their late father.

Photo caption – A.T.S. subaltern: Miss Sally Russell.
– Pearl Freeman.

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