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William John WALLACE

Regimental number2848
Place of birthLiverpool, England
SchoolSt Anthony's School, Scotland Rd, Liverpool, England
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address34 Rose Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, W Wallace, 91 Hopwood Street, Liverpool, England
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 23 August 1918
Age at death23
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot V, Row J, Grave 15), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Catherine WALLACE.

Military Medal

'At Bullecourt, France, Pte Wallace was in charge of a Lewis Gun team assisting a bombing attack. He bombed a party of the enemy and drove them back in order to get a good position for his gun. He then brought up his gun and supported the bombers with splendid results. Later during enemy counter attack, he kept his gun in action until it was blown out by a bomb.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney for overseas service, 2 November 1915. Taken on strength, 3rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 14 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 28 March 1916. Treated at 12th Australian Field Ambulance (sprained ankle), 6 July 1916; transferred to 4th Division Rest Station, 7 July 1916; to 5th Division Rest Station, 11 July 1916; to 58th Field Ambulance, 11 July 1916; discharged to unit, 17 July 1916; rejoined unit in the field, 18 July 1916.

To England, on leave, 6 December 1916; rejoined unit, 23 December 1916.

To Anzac Corps School for instruction, 24 February 1917; rejoined unit, 11 March 1917.

Wounded in action (shell wound, right arm), 5 May 1917; admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 6 May 1917; transferred to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 7 May 1917. Embarked for England from Boulogne on board HS 'Pieter de Cormick', 8 May 1917, and admitted to Edmonton Military Hospital. Discharged from Hospital and granted furlough from 20 July 1917, to report to Training Depot, Perham Downs, 20 July 1917. Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Perham Downs, 23 August 1917. Found guilty, 20 October 1917, of being absent without leave from 19 October 1917 to 7.50 am, 2 November 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of 32 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 28 November 1917; rejoined unit, 5 December 1917.

Found guilty, 4 December 1917, of using improper language to his superior officer: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Detached to 1st Australian Infantry Brigade School, 28 February 1918; rejoined unit, 30 March 1918.

Killed in action, 23 August 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


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