Image courtesy of Fiona Lawson (nee Wallis) his grand niece.

Born: 22nd January 1900, Ipswich.

Died: 1st June 1941; age: 41.

Residence: 17, Heath Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Date: 25th February 1918 – signed up for the hostilities; Height: 5ft 6 1/2, fresh complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. Service Number: F51003.

R.N.A.S. and R.A.F. time not to reckon on re-entry – 5 years break.

Re-entered 8th December 1924; Ordnance Artificer 4; Service Number: M.38683.


Rank: Ordnance Artificer; Service Number: C/M 38683.

Regiment: Royal Navy H.M.S. ‘Calcutta’.


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Hector & Elizabeth Wallis; husband of Edith Florence Wallis, of Ipswich, Suffolk.




1901   97, Belle Vue Road, Ipswich.

John was a year old and living with his parents.

Hector Wallis, 30, a Sorting Clerk & Telegraphist, born Dedham, Essex.

Elizabeth Florence Wallis (nee Simpson), 27, born Sible Hedingham, Essex.


1911   1, Stradbroke Road, Ipswich.


John was 11 years old and living with his parents, brothers & maternal cousin.

Hector, 40, a Sorting Clerk & Telegraphist.

Elizabeth, 37.

Lionel Edward Wallis, 9, born Ipswich.

Douglas Claude Wallis, 8, born Ipswich.

Robert Basil Wallis, 4, born Ipswich.

Lily Mary Simpson, 13, born Brandon, Suffolk.


In 1926, Ipswich, John married Edith Florence Jay, born September 1899, Ipswich – daughter of John Robert Jay, a farmer – employer and Susan Jay (nee Goodchild), of Mill Farm, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.


Probate to Edith Florence Wallis – widow.


John is also remembered on his parent’s headstone at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.


Shipmate to Joseph Lewis (Ipswich)

H.M.S ‘CALCUTTA1st June 1941

H.M.S. ‘Calcutta’ was a cruiser powered by steam, she was built in 1918 by Vickers – Armstrong Ltd., Barrow In Furness. In 1938 she was taken in hand for reconstruction as an Anti Aircraft Cruiser with eight 4 in A.A. guns, and many smaller, at Chatham Dockyard. Work was completed in July 1939. On the 27th May 1941, the evacuation of Allied troops from Crete was ordered, 6000 troops were evacuated.  On the night of 31st May/1st June 1941, a final effort was made to evacuate the remaining troops from Sfakia. H.M.S. ‘Calcutta’ and H.M.S. ‘Coventry’ set out from Alexandria to provide extra anti-aircraft protection. The two ships were attacked by two Junkers 88 bombers of Lehrgeschwader 1 about 100 nautical miles (190 km) northwest of Alexandria, H.M.S. ‘Calcutta’ was hit by two bombs and sank within a few minutes, with 255 men being rescued by H.M.S. ‘Coventry’ and 107 men killed or missing.

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