Born: 1871, Horringer Heath, Suffolk.
Died: 6th January 1900; age: 29; 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.
Bury and Norwich Post – 13th November 1900 – DEATH OF A BURY MAN IN THE TRANSVAAL – We regret to learn that Lieutenant Samuel John Barrington Barnardiston, of the 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment, has informed Mr. J. Wallace, of Horringer Road, that the return of the prisoners of war have disclosed the fact that his son, the late No. 2721 Henry Wallace, was killed in action during the night attack of the 6th January last, having formed one of the party who were described by General French as having made a most gallant stand. An extract from the Battalion orders by Lieut.-Colonel Mackenzie says, “That in welcoming back to the Battalion the N.C.O. and men who were unfortunately taken prisoners on the morning of the 6th January last, the commanding officer wishes to place on record his appreciation of the repeated and gallant efforts made by them and their dead comrades to drive the Boers from, which has since been found to have been under the circumstances, a practically unassailable position. All honour to the men who, in charging three times over rough ground on a very dark night under close musketry fire, made such a splendid effort to add fresh glory to the history of their regiment.
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.