Russell, the son of Joseph and Ellen Kimmince, was born in 1881 at Withersfield, Suffolk England. Russell served three years in the Imperial Army and nine years with the Reserves before sailing for Australia in 1910 on the ship Dorset.
He was working as a Farmer when in January 1916 he enlisted at Inverell. With other district men he became a member of the Second Contingent of The Kurrajongs who left Inverell together for camps at Narrabri then Armidale. They trained at Armidale where Russell was transferred to the Army Service Corps before sailing from Australia on RMS Orantes in August 1916. After arriving in England training was continued at Salisbury Plain until he was sent to France in November. Here Russell was sent to the 2nd Field Bakery unit at Calais.
Private Kimmince returned to Australia on the ship Zealandia in July 1919 and was discharged the following month. After the War he acquired a Soldier Settlers block called ‘Silver Springs’ at Auburn Vale and became a successful farmer raising pigs and growing crops such as wheat, lucerne, and barley. He married and had four sons. Russell died at Inverell in 1960.