William Wallace

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 43089
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Highland light Infantry
  • Unit/Ship: 12th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Boulogne, France
  • Age at Death: 20
  • Date of Death: 17.10.1918
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Terlincthun British Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: V.F.25.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address:
  • Occupation: Apprentice, Thoms & Wilkie, Architects, Reform St, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Annie Wallace, 9 Cardean St, Dundee

  • Father:

    James Alexander Wallace, 9 Cardean St, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    Davis, James & 1 other brother (name unknown)

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about William Wallace

William Wallace enlisted in the Highland Cyclist Battalion in December 1914 when under 17 years of age. When 18 years of age he volunteered for service in France and was transferred to the HLI. He was wounded in March 1917 and invalided home. He returned to France early in 1918. William was the second of four brothers serving in the Army to fall. Davis, one of the two who survived, was also an “old boy”. He was the brother of Guardsman James Wallace 13621, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, who was killed in action 15.09.1916.

William Wallace   43089   Highland Light Infantry

Enlisted When 16½ Years Old.

Intimation has been received by Mr Jas A. Wallace, Inspector, D.S.P.C.A., 9 Cardean Street, that his son, Pte. William Wallace, H.L.I., has died of wounds in the general hospital at Boulogne.  Private Wallace enlisted in the H.C.B. in December, 1914, when only 16½ years of age.  He volunteered for service in France when he was 18, and was transferred to the H.L.I.  He was invalided home in March, 1917, and went back to France in February this year.  Prior to joining the army Pte. Wallace, who was educated at the Morgan Academy, was an apprentice in the office of Messrs Thoms & Wilkie, architects, Reform Street.  This is Mr Wallace’s second son to fall in the war.  The other, James, was in the Scots Guards, and was killed in September, 1916.  Mr Wallace had another son killed in a mine accident in January, 1916.  Two sons are still serving, one in the A. and S.H. at the front, and another in the Army Pay Corps in London, after having been invalided home from France whilst serving in the Household Battalion.

Dundee Courier 22nd October 1918

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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