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Memorable Manitobans: James Miller Wallace (1888-1918)


Born at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 5 June 1888, son of Alexander Wallace and Jeanie Wallace, he received a BA degree, immigrated to Canada, and worked in rural Manitoba schools, including Principalships of Russell School (1913-1914) and Swan River School (1915-1916). While in Russell, he was a member of the Christ Church choir. In April 1916, he enlisted for military service with the 196th Overseas Battalion (reorganized later as the 43rd Battalion) at Winnipeg and sailed for Europe aboard the SS Southland at the end of October 1916. He attained the rank of Lieutenant in the 43rd Battalion and was leading its A Company in combat east of Arras, France when he was killed in action on 27 August 1918. His remains were buried in the Windmill British Cemetery at Monchy-le-Preux and he is commemorated on the war memorial at Russell.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

J. M. Wallace, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

“Local news [Mr. Wallace, Principal ...],” Swan River Star, 22 January 1915, page 1.

“Convention of school trustees,” Swan River Star, 5 March 1915, page 8.

“Local news [Pvte J M Wallace],” Swan River Star, 18 August 1916, page 1.

“Canadian casualties [Wounded],” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 October 1917, page 6.

“Local news [Another former member of the teaching staff],” Russell Banner, 12 September 1918, page 2.

“Lieut. J. M. Wallace,” Swan River Star, 13 September 1918, page 5.

“Lieut. Wallace,” Swan River Star, 11 October 1918, page 1.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 April 2019

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