Thomas Albert WALLACE


WALLACE, Thomas Albert

Service Number: 1036
Enlisted: 16 February 1915
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Sydney New South Wales, November 1888
Home Town: Granville, Parramatta, New South Wales
Schooling: William Street Public School & Granville South High Schoo
Occupation: Railway employee
Died: Wounds, In 6th Field Ambulance, France, 17 August 1918
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Plot 30, Row D, Grave 5
Memorials: Granville St Mark's Anglican Church Memorial Windows, Granville War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

16 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1036, 17th Infantry Battalion
12 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1036, 17th Infantry Battalion
12 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1036, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
8 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 5th Machine Gun Company
16 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 5th Machine Gun Company
26 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 5th Machine Gun Company
1 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, 5th Machine Gun Company
2 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 5th Machine Gun Company
17 Aug 1918: Involvement Second Lieutenant, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From City of Paramatta, Killed in Action, WWI

2nd Lieut Thomas Albert Wallace was born in 1888 in Pyrmont, New South Wales, the second son William Alex, who worked at Granville Railway Station and Margaret Wallace of John Street, Granville, New South Wales. Like his father, he was a railway employee and had been a former student at William Street Public School and Granville South High School. At the age of 26 years, he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on the 16 February 1915.

His two brothers, Sapper Robert Moreton Wallace and Private William Alex Wallace also volunteered.

Wallace left Sydney on the 12 May 1915 with the 17 Battalion, C Company on board HMAT  Themistocles’. He served in Gallipoli, Turkey before being transferred to the Second Machine Gun Section in October 1915. He rose through the ranks to Corporal, Company Sergeant Major and then Lieutenant. In January 1917, he seized the opportunity and went to a military college at Cambridge, England and obtained his commission. On the 17 August 1918, during the Battle of the Somme in France, he died of wounds aged 29 years. He was buried at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France.