Private Alexander Wallace


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

Alexander Wallace enlisted in the North Irish Horse at some point following the declaration of war in August 1914 (regimental number unknown). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp until November 1916, when he and around 100 other North Irish Horsemen volunteered to transfer to the Royal Irish Rifles. The formal transfer took place on 7 December (Wallace was issued regimental number 40926), and on that day the men embarked for France. There they were posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, joining it on the Somme front on 12 December.

Later in the war he transferred to the 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars (No.37408), remaining with that regiment until at least the end of 1919.