Looking for information: 6978049 Corporal Robert WALLACE, 6th Bn., KOSB: 05/11/1944

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Henriette Langius, Aug 20, 2021.

  1. Henriette Langius

    Henriette Langius New Member


    Casualty Details | CWGC
    We've adopted the grave of Corporal Robert Wallace, KOSB 6th Battalion, servicenumber 6978049.
    He died 5th november 1944, 30 years old, in Neerkant (Netherlands) and is burried at Venray War Cementary.
    The only information we've found were some documents about where he first was burried.
    Does someone can give us some more information (date of birth, parents, brothers/sisters) and we would be very happy if someone can find a picture of him. So we can give the grave a face.

    Thanks in advanced,
    Henriette Langius
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  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Unfortunately he has a fairly common name and no family details to help identify him, his service number shows that he enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

    Have found this but unable to comment further:
    Name: Robert Wallace
    Given Initials: R
    Rank: Corporal
    Death Date: 5 Nov 1944
    Number: 6978049
    Birth Place: Tyrone
    Residence: Tyrone
    Regiment at Enlistment: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death: King's Own Scottish Borderers
    Branch at Death: Infantry
    Source Information
    Ancestry.com. UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.
    Original data: England. The National Archives. “War Office: Roll of Honour, Second World War.” Database. Army Roll of Honour 1939-45. Soldiers Died in World War Two. (WO304). CD Rom. Naval & Military Press.
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  3. Keith Lawler

    Keith Lawler Member

    Hi Henriette
    I am not able to give you a direct answer to your questions but if it helps I can tell you that my mother's husband is also buried at the CWGC cemetery in Venray and I have adopted his grave.
    He was 6Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers and was involved in the fighting around Neerkant on 5th November. KOSB were holding a line at Schelm on 5th, on the southern outskirts of Neerkant, for RSF to pass through and take the villages of Schans and Hof. Your own research may have shown that Sunday 5th became known in the 44th Lowland Brigade as Black Sunday given the tremendous losses that day including your adoptee. Apart from the extensive mining in the area, 6RSF and 6KOSB were also subject to extensive artillery fire from east of the canal which claimed a number of casualties.
    I now live in the Netherlands and am writing a book about my mum's husband and I often visit Venray and the battlefields of Brabant and Limburg and so may meet up some time.
    Good luck with your research.

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