Private James Wallis

Private James Edward Wallis, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France, aged 30, on the 4th October 1918 during the ” Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Leeds in 1888 and was the son of Frederick and Polly Wallis of 10 Raeburn Place, Selkirk and the husband of Bessie Wallis of 15 Dunsdalehaugh, Selkirk. Before enlisting he had been employed in the St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk and was a prominent member of the Town Rugby and Cricket Clubs. He is buried in Proville British Cemetery, France. He fell in the fighting to capture the strong German positions in Fauberg de Paris which cost the Battalion around 150 casualties with 4 Officers and 30 Other Ranks killed. This reduced the Battalion fighting strength to around 350 All Ranks but seems to have been the Battalion’s last action of the War. The photos show Allied troops during the final 100 days of the War. ( His brother William also fell – see above ).

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