CFHS code : HT84

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : The Cambridgeshire Regt badge 327861 Private A A WALLIS Cambridgeshire Regiment 24th October 1918 age 33

Monument : Headstone (war grave)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201614, 0.13822846 – click here for location

Wallis grave
Wallis grave

Monument:
Commonwealth War Grave in the parish area of Holy Trinity, located to the east of the eastern path where it turns, close to the eastern boundary wall.

Inscription
[regimental badge]

‘327861 Private
A. A. Wallis
Cambridgeshire Regiment
24th October 1918 age 33’

[cross]
“Peace perfect peace”

 

Albert Arthur Wallis (1885-1918)
Albert Arthur was born in Oct/Dec 1885 in Cambridge.  His parents were Albert Thomas Wallis and Emily Wallis (née Newman) of 27 Sun Street (off Maids’ Causeway), or 45 Bradmore Street (Petersfield), Cambridge.  Albert Thomas and Emily, who married in Apr/June 1883, had ten children in all, of whom six were still alive in 1911.  Albert Arthur’s father, uncle (Frederick), and paternal grandfather and grandmother (John and Lydia) had all been tailors.  In 1911, Albert Arthur was a hotel waiter.

By the onset of the First World War Albert was aged 29.  Precisely when he enlisted as Private 6160 with the 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment is unknown.  He was later with the 2nd Suffolk Regiment as Private 327861, and finally with the 1/2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment on the Western front.  He was presumably injured or fell ill and was brought back to England, where he died on 24 October 1918, aged 33.  He was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Albert Arthur married Gertrude Starling of Methwold, Norfolk in March 1913 (banns read 9 March).  After Arthur’s death (and possibly before) Gertrude was living at 157 Sturton Street (Petersfield), Cambridge.  Whether the couple had any children between 1913 and 1918 is unknown.  A Gertrude Wallis, widow, married Albert George Lain of Wymondham, Norfolk, in February 1947.

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
English census reports 1851-1911
English & Wales births 1837-2006
England & Wales marriages 1837-2008
England & Wales deaths 1837-2007

By Ian Bent

 

Albert Arthur Wallis