Wallace, Robert Johnston

He was the son of Charles William Wallace of St John’s Wood, London and Ellen Charlotte Wallace, daughter of Captain George William Wright Fulton, RE. His older brother Charles William Wallace DSO (B 1898-1902) was also at the school. He came to Winchester from Eagle House, Sandhurst.

He went up to University College, Oxford in 1905 and entered the Army the following year, joining the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. He served for some years in India as musketry instructor at various centres and became superintendent of PE for the Northern Army. He returned to England late in 1914 and proceeded to France as machine-gun officer to the 83rd Infantry Brigade.

He fell mortally wounded near Ypres on 4th May 1915 during the Seond Battle of Ypres. Strong German attacks had forced the British to abandon the tip of the Ypres Salient during the night and 83 Brigade were in an unplanned position on the Frezenberg Ridge, which the Germans subjected to heavy shelling. The war diary records: “The new front line, which had been hastily and poorly constructed, suffered severely from the bombardment. So bad did conditions become that both 2nd East Yorks and 5th King’s Own were compelled that night to dig a new line just behind the original one. Casualties had been heavy, and the wounded were removed with great difficulty, whilst the dead had to be buried where they fell.” He died two days later at Boulogne.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Wallace
  • Forenames or initials: Robert Johnston
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1900-1903
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: East Yorkshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 9th September 1886
  • Date of Death: 6th May 1915
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B6
  • Decoration: NA