James Wallace

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History

James Wallace was born in Ballarat on 03 May 1882. He was the fifth of seven children born to Thomas and Jane Wallace. Thomas died in 1887 aged 40, and Jane died in 1907. James was admitted to the Ballarat Orphanage in 1888, and left to take up employment with Mr Duncan of Warracknabeal. He latter worked in Queensland as a cane cutter, and a miner in Broken Hill, South Australia.[1]

After being discharged from the army Wallace lived with his sister until his marriage to Charlotte Pryor in 1924. He worked in various trades such as French Polishing with disabled hands. James undertook ongoing medical treatment for his war-related medical condition.[2] He died in 22 October 1946, aged 64, and is buried in the Ballaarat New Cemetery.

Military Experience

Enlisting as a 33 year old in Adelaide on 21 January 1916, James Wallace was single and gave his younger sister, Ethel Morrison of Ballarat, as his next-of-kin. Wallace embarked on 28 August 1916. He was severely wounded in the face, chest and hand, and also suffered from shell shock. After a long hospitalisation he was returned to Australia in November 1817, and was discharged in June 1918.[3]

Mrs Morrison, of 22 Webster street, has been advised that her brother, Spr. J. Wallace, of the 2nd Tunnelling Company, has been reported suffering from shell shock. Sp. Wallace left for France about 12 months ago with the No. 3 Australian Tunnelling Co.[4]

Commemoration

A tree was planted for James Wallace in the Ballarat Orphanage's Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour.[5]

See also

3rd Tunnelling Company

References

  1. The Re-Discovery of the Ballarat Orphanage's Arthur Kenny Avenue Commemorative Booklet.
  2. The Re-Discovery of the Ballarat Orphanage's Arthur Kenny Avenue Commemorative Booklet.
  3. The Re-Discovery of the Ballarat Orphanage's Arthur Kenny Avenue Commemorative Booklet.
  4. Ballarat Star, 29 May 1917.
  5. The Re-Discovery of the Ballarat Orphanage's Arthur Kenny Avenue Commemorative Booklet.

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--Cgervasoni (talk) 10:00, 13 July 2014 (EST)

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