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Russell Francis Wallace

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Russell Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Wallace AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ427351 AWMM
    • WWII 427351 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ427351 AWMM
    • WWII 427351 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Russell Wallace was the son of Forbes Wallace and of Anne Wallace (nee Ruddenklau), of Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand.

    The photographer of the headstone in 1999 was Mr B. Cox whose brother, Flying Officer John Grant Cox (NZ412658), is buried in the same cemetery. He described his visit to Hanover War Cemetery: 'On 29 June we left London 4 am - drove all day via the Channel Tunnel reaching the village of Rimbeck about 100 km south of Hanover by 5 pm. That was where my brother's plane actually crashed, and by 5.30 we were taken by friendly German folk to the Catholic cemetery where the crew of seven were originally interred, and then to a site on a hillside about 1 km away to the spot where the Lancaster crashed. An elderly chap who remembers the incident said that they thought the bomber was going to hit the village. and the following morning, civilians began pillaging the wreckage to get the parachutes for silk but were stopped by soldiers. We were taken back to the first house we called at where we were given a nice meal, outside under a patio, followed by several rounds of German lager, before being taken to the local hotel where we slept before an early morning start for Hanover. In the Hanover War Cemetery all graves are well tended by German gardeners employed by the British War Graves Commission and were quite friendly. There are 46 New Zealand graves in the cemetery.' AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 March 1945 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    GermanyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hanover War Cemetery, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany AWMM
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Memorial

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  • I wish to leave a tribute to Russell Forbes Wallace as he was my uncle. A much loved son, brother, cousin and friend. A friend of my grandmother once told me "Anne cried for a year after Russell was killed" My dear grandmother a devoted mother to her seven children. My hope is one day to visit his grave and place flowers in his memory. One of thousands who remain forever in foreign soil. May he rest in peace.
    Public - Mary-Anne - Other Relative - 5 September 2015
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  • Our dear Uncle Russ made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his family at the very young age of 22.. My Dad always talked so fondly of his brother Russ as they were only 14 months or so apart in age. I have a framed picture of Uncle Russ in his uniform that is on proud display in our hallway so he is always in our thoughts. This year I plan to visit his grave in Hanover, the first of my family to do so, which will be a very emotional and proud moment.
    Public - Debbie - Other Relative - 10 March 2015
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05 September 2015Mary-AnneBlenheim New ZealandOther Relative
10 March 2015DebbieRangioraOther Relative

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