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Regimental number251
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Wallace, Felix Street, Wooloowin, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll251A
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack at BEAUREVOIR, near ST. QUENTIN, on 3rd October, 1918, Private WALLACE got his machine gun into action single handed when the remainder of his gun team were casualties, including the gun commander. When the machine gun was put out of action by enemy machine gun fire he attended wounded, collected the gun gear and ammunition over to a neighbouring machine gun which was still in action. This action, which was of great value, necessitated several trips over ground exposed to enemy shell fire and snipers, and the individual initiative and gallantry shown by Private WALLACE was very marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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