Biography

Birth date: 1889
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Glebe
Death date: 22 April 1918
Death place: France
Final rank: Captain
Service number: 706 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 Pozières, 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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 22 April 1918
  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Captain
  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Private Record

Wallach, Clarence MC (Captain, b.1889 - d.1918)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 706 Captain Clarence Wallach MC, 19 Battalion. Collection consists of a transcript of a diary covering troopship journey, arrival at Gallipoli in August, fighting alongside Gurkhas, details of action (mostly at Popes Post). Mentions... Maker: Wallach, Clarence

PR00677 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Photocopies of newspaper clippings of Clarence Wallach, n.d.

Photocopies of newspaper clippings relating to the First World War service of Captain Clarence Wallach MC, 19th Battalion. The unadated newspaper clippings concern the death of Captain Wallach. In one article Bishop Long recounts Captain Wallach's determination at the end and his pride at having...

RCDIG0000343

Transcript of diary of Clarence Wallach

Transcript of a diary relating to the First World War service of Captain Clarence Wallach MC, 19th Battalion. The diary dates between 25 June [1915] to 31 December [1915]. It covers Wallach's troopship journey, arrival at Gallipoli in August, fighting alongside Gurkhas and details of action (mostly...

RCDIG0000344

Personal Files Book 13, 1 June - 1 July 1916

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Brigadier General John Monash, 4th Infantry Brigade. This file, originally part of Book 13, covers 1 June 1916 and 1 July 1916 and includes a number of documents relating to the movement of 4th Brigade to France. This includes Ship's...

RCDIG0000613

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