John Alexander Wallace

John Alexander Wallace

During the Second Great War, Brantford lost a large number of her soldier sons through accident while they were training in Canada, and none under more tragic circumstances than Lieut. John Alexander (Jock) Wallace, one of the community's best known and most popular young men. It was on March 27, 1941, that Lieut. Wallace was fatally injured because of the faulty mechanism of the motorcycle he was riding, just half a mile from his training centre at Thorold, Ont. Thus it was that the 1st Battalion, Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles, lost a capable and promising officer and the City, a member of one of its long established families. Born here on July 30, 1905, the son of Mrs. Wallace and Mr. David C. Wallace (now deceased), Jock, as he was nicknamed by his friends, was educated at Alexandra Public School and the Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. While at the Collegiate he was an outstanding athlete, prominent in every phase of sports, but particularly starring on the Rugby Team. While still in his teens, he joined the 2/10 Dragoons and received his commission. He was a member of Zion United Church. As soon as the "Duffs" mobilized in June, 1940, Lieut. Wallace went on active strength. His widow and daughter, Barbara, reside at 30 Arthur St. Before his enlistment, Lieut. Wallace was on the staff of the Strobridge Motor Sales

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