James (Wallace) Wallis

Name

James (Wallace) Wallis

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

18/05/1915
36

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
4/7070
Bedfordshire Regiment
2nd Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY
III.D.86
France

UK Memorials

Holy Trinity Church Memorial, Weston

Pre War

Born in Weston in 1879 to James and Mary Wallis of Maiden Street, Weston, Nr Stevenage, Herts. Married Frances Aylott in 1903. They lived at Halls Green, where their two children, Ivy and Bert were born. His wife died in 1908 and on the 1911 Census he and his two children were living with his parents and family at Maiden Street, Weston, where he is listed as a widower and working as a farm labourer. James enlisted in the army and served as a corporal in the Boer War and he returned home safely. Re-enlisted at Hertford for World War I.

Wartime Service

He was wounded in the battle for Festubert on 16 May, according to family letters, and died two days later from his wounds.

Additional Information

War gratuity of £3 awarded to mother Mary. On Census returns, birth, marriage and death registrations the name is spelt Wallis, but on some military documents is spelt as Wallace.

Acknowledgments

Peter Handy, Brenda Palmer