On The Roll of Honour

(also recorded in 1881 census as Walter Sargent and in 1911 census as Wallan Largent)

Wallace was born in January 1880 in Badwell Ash to Amos and Naomi Largent née Muskett.

In the 1891 census, Wallace, aged 11 was shown as living in The Street in Badwell Ash with his father Amos, aged 47 an Agricultural Labourer, his mother Naomi, aged 45 and 6 siblings, Ephraim, aged 21, Harry, aged 19, Albert, aged 17, Freeman, aged 14), all Agricultural Labourers, and two sisters, Ada , aged 16 and Rose, aged 8.

There is no record of him in the 1901 census as he was in the Army serving in India.

Wallace married on 11th July 1903 in the Badwell Ash (Stow Q2 1903 4A_1681) to Minnie Largent. Minnie was the daughter of George Largent and Ellen Buckle. They had four children, Beatrice May (b. 17th October 1903) Allan Jack (b. 1905), Walter (b. 1906) and Sydney (b. 1909)

In the 1911 census, aged 30, he was shown living at Church Green, Great Ashfield working as a farm yardman with Minnie, his wife now aged 36 and three children, May, aged 7, Walter, aged 5 and Sydney, aged 2.

Military Record: His Short Service Record shows him originally enlisting on 21st November 1895 in the 2nd Battalion The Suffolk Regiment No 4323 claiming he was 18 years old whereas he was only 15. He served in Malta from April 1897 to February 1898; in India from February 1898 to February 1902 and South Africa during the 2nd Boer War from February 1902 to November 1907. He was awarded The South Africa Medal with the Transvaal Clasp (1900). He was then transferred to the Reserve on the 28th November 1907.

It would seem he was subsequently called up and joined the 9th/11th battalions of The Suffolk Regiment, regimental No. 15498 and was discharged on the 9th April 1919. He was awarded the Star, War and Victory medals.

Post War: Wallace died in Capel St Mary, Suffolk in March 1954.

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