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An Observer's 1914 Trio to the Famous Scottish Rugby International Footballer, Lieutenant W. M. Wallace, 5th Battalion Rifle Brigade attached No. 2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 1914 Star (2. Lieut. Rif: Brig.); British War and Victory Medals, with Next of Kin bronze plaque, extremely fine, all contained in a "Bronze" glazed frame surmounted by R.F.C. Wings, with photograph (4)

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An Observer's 1914 Trio to the Famous Scottish Rugby International Footballer, Lieutenant W. M. Wallace, 5th Battalion Rifle Brigade attached No. 2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 1914 Star (2. Lieut. Rif: Brig.); British War and Victory Medals, with Next of Kin bronze plaque, extremely fine, all contained in a "Bronze" glazed frame surmounted by R.F.C. Wings, with photograph (4)

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INDENTLieutenant William Middleton Wallace, born 1892, Edinburgh, educated at Edinburgh Academy and King's College, Cambridge, was one of the best schoolboy athletes of his day; Rugby 'Blue' for Cambridge in the Varsity matches of 1912 and 1913 (full back); played for Scotland against England, 1913 and 1914 and also against Wales and Ireland 1914. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade, 15 August 1914 and left for France on the 30th, just 15 days later. He may have been the first undergraduate at the front. Wallace served with the 1st Bn. Rifle Brigade until 13 February 1915 and was present at the Battle of the Aisne, at Frelinghien and at Ploegsteert Wood. He became an Observer with 2 Squadron, 1st Wing, Royal Flying Corps, 14 February 1915 and saw considerable action in the Armentières - La Bassée area including Neuve Chapelle, Aubers and Rue de Ouvert; Lieutenant 21 July. Lieutenant Wallace was killed in action whilst flying as an Observer with 2 Squadron at Sainghin near Lille 22 August 1915 ("Rugby Football International's Roll of Honour" refers)

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