Friends of Hastings Cemetery

William Wallis

L. D. I18

William Wallis was born about 1893 in London.  His father was John Button Wallis of 133 St Stephens Road, Old Ford.  William worked as a Porter for Mackin & ?? Aldersgate Street.

He signed on for 4 years with Territorials 17th County of London on 25th March 1913 at Bow.  He died on the 6th April 1920 as a result of his war service.

He was awarded 15 Star, Victory and British medals having been in France from 9th March 1915 and discharged on the 4th February 1917 having served 3 years, 317 days.  His rank was Rifleman.  On Discharge, William’s “special qualifications for employment in Civil life” were as warehouseman and he was looking for “light work”

Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 17 April 1920

EX-SOLDIER'S FUNERAL.- The funeral of Mr. William Wallis (late of the 17th London Regiment) took place at the Borough Cemetery on Monday afternoon. The Rev. C. Asquith (St. Matthew's Church) officiated.  During the War Wallis was gassed at Loos and Ypres, and invalided out of the Army in 1917.  He underwent various treatments, and eventually came to Hastings and stayed at the Y.M.C.A., where he received every possible attention and comfort.  About five weeks ago he was taken the East Sussex Hospital, where he died on the 6th inst.  After a great deal of effort on the part of Mr. Harold G. Ledger (Y.M.C.A. Secretary), the funeral took place with military honours, the firing party being supplied by the 34th Battery R.F.A., from Brighton.