Wallace MC, Herbert Noel (No. 63581)

Wallace, Herbert Noel (Herbert)

Military Cross

Major

No. 63581, 5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment

Killed in action on Tuesday 6 April 1943 (aged 28)

Buried:

Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia (Grave II. D. 20)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

BIOGRAPHY

Herbert Noel Wallace was born on 20 December 1914 in the RIC Depot, Dublin, and he was the youngest son of Jeremiah Thomas Wallace and Elizabeth Wallace (nee Taylor) of 129 Cavehill Road, Belfast, then 3 Thirlmere Gardens, Belfast, then Glenburn, 25 Ballyholme Road, Bangor and then 29 Knockmore Park, Bangor.  They were married on 27 June 1906 in the Church of Ireland Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathmines, Dublin, and they had at least four children:

Frederick Ingram (born 2 September 1907 at 47 Oakley Road, Dublin)

Ethel Harriett (born 28 August 1910 in the RIC Depot, Dublin)

Thomas Victor (born 12 October 1912 in the RIC Depot, Dublin)

Herbert Noel (born 20 December 1914 in the RIC Depot, Dublin)

Jeremiah Thomas Wallace was a former District Inspector in the Royal Irish Constabulary and he died on 2 February 1945 (aged 76).  It was reported at the time that severe shock caused by the death of his son Herbert had contributed to an illness which led to his death.  Jeremiah Thomas Wallace was buried in Dundonald Cemetery (Grave A3 391) and his funeral service was conducted by the Rev Walter Horatio Good of Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).  Jeremiah Wallace was survived by his wife Elizabeth; his two sons – Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Ingram Wallace then serving in Burma and Gunner Thomas Victor Wallace who had worked in the Ulster Bank before the war, and his daughter Ethel Harriett Wallace who was married to Dr Herbert P. Lowe the City Coroner in Belfast.

Herbert Noel Wallace was educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) from 1925 until 1932 where he excelled at swimming, and then at Sandhurst, from which he received his commission in 1934.  In the 7 August 1943 edition of the County Down Spectator it was reported that Major Herbert Wallace, serving with the East Yorkshire Regiment, had been killed in action at the Battle of Wadi Akarit in Southern Tunisia on 6 April 1943.  He was awarded the Military Cross posthumously for gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.  This was announced in the 17 June 1943 edition of the London Gazette.  His effects in England amounted to some £420 and probate was granted to his father Jeremiah.

Major Herbert Noel Wallace MC was 28 when he died, and he was buried in Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN

THAN THIS,

THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE

FOR HIS FRIENDS

Major Herbert Noel Wallace MC is commemorated in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s) and in RBAI.

His brother, Thomas Victor Wallace, died on 1 July 1962 (aged 49) and his mother Elizabeth died on 22 September 1962 (aged 80).  Both were buried in Dundonald Cemetery in the same grave as Jeremiah Thomas Wallace.