Born: 1871, Horringer Heath, Suffolk.
Died: 6th January 1900; age: 28; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Residence: 12, Horringer Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2721.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
1881 13, Horringer Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Henry was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
John Ward Wallace, 41, a Horse Keeper, born Chevington, Suffolk.
Maria Wallace (nee Goulson), 36, a Laundress, born Bury St. Edmunds.
John Thomas Wallace, 15, a Labourer – Iron Works, born Horringer.
Jane Wallace, 12, born Horringer.
Martha Wallace, 8, born Bury St. Edmunds.
George Wallace, 5, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Charles Wallace, 3, born Bury St. Edmunds.
William Wallace, 1, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Henry’s brother, William Wallace lost his life during the First World War, when he was KiA on the 3rd November 1914. William was ranked a Company Sergeant Major, service number 3498, for the Royal Engineers, 11th Field Coy. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.