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4898 Private WILLIAM DYSON WALLIS.
10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Royal Hussars.
Killed in action, aged 30, on the 11th February 1915.
Born at Howden, Yorks.
Son of James Arthur and the late Annie Wallis.
Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery,
[Photo of William kindly contributed by his Great Nephew, Michael Gilday of Coventry.]
1901 William, aged 16, is living at Kingston upon Hull and working as a dock labourer. He was born in 1884 at Howden, East Riding of Yorks.
In that same year his mother died in childbirth and his father moved the family to the Skelton area and worked in the Ironstone Mines as a Bricklayer..
In 1905 the father was involved in a mining accident and this caused the family to break up.
William and his brother Tom joined the Hussars and were in S Africa when the First World War started.
The Army's main task at that time was to police the vast British Empire and in 1913 the Wallis brothers were in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
When Germany invaded Belgium in August 1914 and Britain declared War all available units were recalled to England.
The 10th Hussars joined the 6th Cavalry Brigade in the the 3rd Cavalry Division at Ludgershall, near Salisbury, Wilts.
About this time Will came home, as had broken his arm in a riding accident. It was the only time his sister remembered meeting him.
On the 8th October they landed at Ostende.
The 3rd Cavalry Division was then involved in most of the action of the First Battle of Ypres. Although they were a Cavalry unit, most fought as Infantry.
In February 1915 William Wallis was shot by a sniper while fixing a fencing post and he died on the 11th of that month.
It is believed his brother Tom lost his left arm in the same year.
William is buried at Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery, some way to the West of Ypres.
Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery is located 10.5 kilometres west of Ypres town centre, in the town of Poperinge
The earliest Commonwealth graves in the town are in the communal cemetery, which was used from October 1914
to March 1915 and contains 450 burials.
William Dyson Wallis in the centre with parrot.
Tom Wallis, bottom row, far right.