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Claude Edgar Wallace Service No. 031157

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Eugenie Report 11 Nov 2018 18:40

My Grandfather is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, northern France.

I have found that info is available via forces-war-records but it needs a subscription.

I know his service number, that he was in the Royal Ordnance Corp and died on the 21st July 1918.

Wondering if anyone has a subscription and could look to see if anything else is there that I don't already know.

Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer.


KathleenBell Report 11 Nov 2018 19:12

Only his medal card on Findmypast so it looks as though his service records were amongst the 70% of WW1 records destroyed by fire.

First name(s) Claude E
Last name Wallace
Year 1914-20
Service number 11266, 031157
Second service number 031157
Rank Private,Private
Second rank Private
Regiment East Surrey Regiment, Army Ordnance Corps
Second corps Army Ordnance Corps
Service record Soldier Number: 11266, Rank: Private, Corps: East Surrey Regiment
Second service record Soldier Number: 031157, Rank: Private, Corps: Army Ordnance Corps
Image link
Country Great Britain
Medal type British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920
Archive reference WO372/20
Archive reference description Campaign Medal Index Cards and Silver War Badge Cards
Record set Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Subcategory Medal Rolls and Honours
Collections from Great Britain, UK None

Kath. x


Eugenie Report 11 Nov 2018 21:35

Many thanks Kath, very helpful.

Family history has been thought he was at Flanders.

I was hoping to find if this was where he was injured, but if so it still wouldn't account for why he ended up at Terlincthun, some 120 miles away.
Assuming he was in a nearby hospital as his death was many months after Flanders

With records being destroyed, I suppose it's one of those things I'll never know.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2018 11:40

His listing on the CWGC uses his middle name

Service Number 031157
Died 21/07/1918
Aged 34
4th Coy. Army Ordnance Corps

Son of Thomas William and Emma Wallace; husband of Mrs. S. Wallace, of 19, Foss Rd., Tooting, London.

A photo of his headstone is here

You can request an emailed copy in exchange for a donation of £4

UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929
Claude Edgar Wallace
Gender: Male
Death Date: 21 Jul 1918
Death Place: France
Rank: Private
Regiment: Army Ordnance Corps
Regimental Number: 031157

Effects, ie back pay & war gratuity, to his widow, Sarah


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2018 12:01

Deaths by date can be found here (CWGC)

They come from a number of regiments. Most seem to be Scottish.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 12 Nov 2018 13:29

This may be of interest

Seems some men were reburied there from other cemeteries that couldn't be maintained


Eugenie Report 12 Nov 2018 14:04

Many thanks for all the help received.
Every little bit is another jigsaw piece............I suppose the chance of finding service records is like having the one with the missing last piece!