George Edward Wallace

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Lest we forget
Trooper, 6th Armoured Regiment, GAG (C.A.)

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Service Personnel Information

  • Name: George Edward Wallace
  • Service Regimental Number: B-908417
  • Rank: Trooper
  • Height/weight: 6'2/146 lbs.
  • Colour of eyes: Blue
  • Marital status: Single
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Address: 48 Mary Street Barrie, Ontario
  • Next of Kin (and relationship): Mrs. Ellen Elizabeth Wallace (Mother)
  • Date of enlistment: August 30, 1944
  • City and province of enlistment: Camp Borden, Ontario

Essay

George Edward Wallace
Jason Neufeld
Ms. Lussier
Canadian History 30S


In world war two, there were over 72 million casualties across the world. All of these men and woman who died each had their own lives that they were living, they had homes, jobs, friends, and families; all of which were effected by the death of these people. The people served to help protect the ones they loved but at the same time caused them much despair when killed in battle. One of these people who died during world war two, along with the millions of others, was George Wallace.
George Edward Wallace was born in Victoria, British Columbia on October 4, 1922. He later moved to Barrie, Ontario, in 1943, where he lived with his mother. Here we would have grown up in a Roman Catholic home with his mother and father (who had been serving with the allied military in Holland). Once George had moved to Barrie, he attended Barrie Collegiate Institute for four years. Here he was active in the sports at this high school. He played snap in rugby for BCI and in winter, his off-season, he played on the basketball team (The Patricia Pats and ‘A Boy from Barrie).

George was the son of Major Wallace and Ellen Elizabeth Wallace. His brother lieutenant Jack Wallace also served in the army. Jack lost his right leg and won the Military Cross for heroism in Italy in 1943 (Pswaryi, 1). Being born into a military family as he was would have been a motivator for George to join the Canadian army as well. George was enlisted into the Canadian army on August 30, 1944 (Military Records).

For the training required to be in the Canadian Army, George went to Camp Borden (Military Records). After some training at this camp, he was sent to Gordon Head B.C. for officer training (The Patricia Pats and 'A Boy from Barrie).
In 1943 he was commissioned and served as a lieutenant at Camp Borden for a year. In August 1943, however, he reverted to the rank of Trooper and was sent to serve over seas (Pswaryi, 1).

At only the age of 22, George was shot down in battle. He died on April 13, 1945 (Military Records). This was only a month away from the end of the war. He was gunned down during the advance of the 2nd Canadian Corps into northern Germany. George Wallace’s site of burial can be located in Netherlands, Over Ijssel. Also, he can be located in the 2nd World War Book of Remembrance located in the Peace Tower in Ottawa (Military Records).

George Wallace, as well as the rest of the men who died serving for their countries will always be remembered and held at the highest level of respect. The effect it had on the outcome of our country as well as the way it still affects the people of country will never be forgotten because these men gave more than anybody could have asked them give. They gave up everything in the hope that their contribution would somehow help save the world from the mess brought about by Hitler and his rule over Germany.

Military Service Record

  • Age (at death): 22
  • Force: Canadian Army
  • Unit: 6th Armoured Regiment (1 Hussers) GAG (C.A.)
  • Service Number: B-4843
  • Honours and Awards:C.V.S.I. Ribbon auth. War Medal 1939-45
    • Clasp to C.V.S.M
    • 1939-45 Star
    • France & Germany Star
  • Next of Kin (and relationship): Mrs. Ellen Elizabeth Wallace
  • Date of Death: April 13, 1945
  • Country of Burial: Netherlands, Overijsse
  • Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery
  • Grave Reference: XII.F.9
  • Location: XII.F.9
  • Book of Remembrance: Page 573 in the Second World War Book of Remembrance in the Peace Tower in Ottawa

Grave Reference

  • Name of Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery
  • Grave Reference: XII. F. 9.
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Citations


“48 Mary Street, Barrie, ON.” Google Maps. Google, 2012. Web. 1 May 2012. <http://maps.google.ca/‌maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=48+Mary+Street,+Barrie,+ON&aq=0&oq=48+Mary+Street,+Barrie+&sll=44.38867,-79.692668&sspn=0.006172,0.013937&vpsrc=0&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=48+Mary+St,+Barrie,+Simcoe+County,+Ontario+L4N+1A6&ll=44.38847,-79.692507&spn=0.012282,0.027874&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A>.


“George Edward Wallace.” Editorial. Canada At War. N.p., 5 Aug. 2005. Web. 14 Apr. 2009. <http://www.canadaatwar.ca/‌memorial/‌world-war-ii/‌154248/‌trooper-george-edward-wallace/>.


Pswaryi, Dee. “George Edward Wallace.” Veterans Affairs Canada. N.p., 1 Oct. 10,1, 2011. Web. 28 Apr. 2012. <http://www.veterans.gc.ca/‌eng/‌school_comm/‌eastview/‌wallace>.


- - -, comp. “The Patricia Pats and ‘A Boy from Barrie.’” V.E. Battle Diary. N.p., May 2009. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://www.crps.ab.ca/‌cchs/‌images/‌stories/‌documents/‌VEBattle%20Diary%20issue%202.JUNE.pdf>.


“Trooper George Edward Wallace.” Find A Grave. N.p., 2012. Web. 31 Apr. 2012. <http://www.findagrave.com/‌cgi-bin/‌fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14041678>.


Yahoo! “George Edward Wallace.” Flickr. N.p., 2012. Web. 1 May 2012. <http://www.flickr.com/‌photos/‌fgdvcappellen/‌4081274610/>.

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