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  cap badgePrivate William Wallace

9th (Service) Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: S/4785

William Wallace grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Robert Wallace and Jessie Wallace of 1c Barrowfield St, Coatbridge. William's brother Private John Wallace (8119) of the 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry was Killed in Action on the 03/10/1915 just 17 days after William fell. From the 1891 Census - Address - 68 Whifflet St Com Close, Coatbridge - Robert Wallace aged 28, Jessie Wallace aged 25, John Wallace aged 5, Robert Wallace aged 3, William Wallace aged 10 months. From the 1901 Census - Address - 36e Whifflet St, Coatbridge - Robert Wallace aged 38, John Wallace aged 14, Robert Wallace aged 12, William Wallace aged 11, Maggie Wallace aged 8, Rachel Wallace aged 5. William and his brother John's Pensions were awarded to their father Robert and their stepmother Catherine of 1c Barrowfield St, Coatbridge.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 1c Barrowfield St, Coatbridge

Died

Died on the 16/09/1915 from a bullet wound to the side / shock. Wound received the previous day.

Enlisted

Girvan, Ayrshire

Employed

Caledonian Railway Company

Age

25

Buried / Remembered

Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery (I. A. 18), Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The COMMUNAL CEMETERY at Noeux-les-Mines was used by the Commonwealth forces (in succession to the French) from June 1915 to August 1917. The earlier burials were carried out by units and field ambulances but in April 1917, the 7th Casualty Clearing Station began to use the cemetery. It contains 980 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 08/07/1915 and were part of the 46th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. William arrived in France 6 days later. William was hit by a German bullet in the side when out with a work party on the 15/09/1915. His wound was not seen as being serious with his Doctor stating he died from shock the following day. See Newspaper clipping for a letter sent home to his parents from his friend and fellow Coatbridge Soldier Sergeant A. S. L. Gillespie of 205 Dundyvan Rd who also attended William's funeral. William is listed as BANDSMAN on the Memorial. See the Directory for William's brother John's page. William's main photo and one of him with the Machine Gun Section of the Battalion kindly donated by Peter Deigan. See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, William and his brother John's Pension Records x 4, the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Cap Badge, another photo of William.

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