Captain Clarence Wallach

Service Number 706
Birth Date 24 May 1889
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Glebe
Death Date 22 April 1918
Death Place France
Final Rank Captain
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 14 December 1916 on page 3388 at position 6
London Gazette 26 September 1916 on page 9436 at position 19

Clarence "Clarrie" Wallach was born in 1889 at Bondi, New South Wales. His parents were Henry and Mary Wallach . Wallach was one of four brothers who served in the First World War. The other serving Wallach brothers were 297 Private Arthur Wallach, 1657 Private Neville Wallach and 435 Private Rupert Wallach. Wallach listed his profession as a clerk on enlistment. He was also a notable Rugby Union player, appearing five times for Australia between 1913 and 1914. He enlisted on 7 May 1915 and joined the 19th Infantry Battalion. He departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Ceramic on 25 June of the same year.

Wallach fought at Gallipoli and later in France, quickly rising through the ranks, becoming a lieutenant by August 1916. Most significantly, he was awarded the Military Cross for his role in the battle of Pozieres, during which he took command of his company after the loss of their commanding officer and successfully held their frontline trench under heavy bombardment. In early April 1918, having become a captain, Wallach was fatally wounded during a German offensive around the Somme. Clarence Wallach is buried at Etretat Churchyard Extension, France.

Collection items

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Captain
    Unit
    19th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Captain
    Fate
    Died of wounds
    Date of Fate
    22 April 1918
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    19th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Ceramic A40
    Date of Embarkation
    25 June 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    19th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
    London Gazette
    26 September 1916 on page 9436 at position 19
    Commonwealth Gazette
    14 December 1916 on page 3388 at position 6
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    16 August 1916
    Unit
    19th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant

Timeline

Date of birth 1889
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-08-16
Date of death 1918-04-22

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