Private William Wallace


William Wallace was born on 8 November 1888 at Bradox (Braddocks), Tullycorbet, County Monaghan, the third of five children of farmer John Wallace and his wife Sarah (nee Cobine). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Braddocks with his widowed mother and three siblings and working on the family farm.

Wallace enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 24 January 1912 (No.669 – later Corps of Hussars No.71065). He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

By mid 1917 to early 1918 Wallace was serving in A, D or E Squadron of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. In February-March 1918 the 1st NIH Regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist regiment, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Wallace was wounded in the wrist during the Advance to Victory offensive from August to November 1918. He was discharged on 14 May 1919, being no longer physically fit for war service (paragraph 392 xvi, King's Regulations). He was granted a pension, his level of disability assessed at 60 per cent.