Charles Adam Wallace was born in Japan in 1888 and was the youngest of four children; he had two brothers and one sister. His brothers were born in Alexandria, Egypt. Charles’ mother was Mary Ann Wallace who became a widow between the 1901 and 1911 censuses. Charles’ father was not recorded on census records, so it is unknown what his occupation but it must have been one that required considerable travelling.
According to the 1911 census, Charles was working as a sawyer’s assistant (assisting with sawing wood) and living at 42 Empress Avenue, Ilford, with his family.
Charles joined the army in 1913 and was sent to France when war broke out. He was part of the 14th Battalion of the London Regiment, the London Scottish. Charles was killed in action on 1st November 1914, and his grave is in Heuvelland, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium.
Research by Redbridge Museum
Commonwealth War Graves Commission