Alleyne Westaby Wallis

Rank Second Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 07/06/1917
Age 21
Regiment/Service London Regiment. 10th Battlion.
Memorial Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. This commemorates by name all those who perished in the

Salient and have ‘no known grave’. On the panels are displayed, unit by unit, with ranks and bravery awards, the names of more than 54,000 of the ‘missing’.

Alleyne was born at 2 Queens Avenue, Queens Park, London W10 on 25th April 1896. He was the son of Richard Samuel (1866-1942) and Constance Catherine Wallis, nee Claridge (1866–1948). He had six siblings: Frank (1893-1970), Cyril (b.1899), Beryl (b.1908), Daphne (b.1913) and two others who died in childhood.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at 39 Portland Place, Marylebone, central London, and his father was serving as a police sergeant in the Metropolitan Police. Alleyne was admitted to St Marylebone CE Primary School on 16 September 1901, when his address was listed as Tottenham Court Road Police Station. His secondary school education was at St Dunstan’s College, Catford, south London, whose headmaster certified he was of good character, when applying for a commission as an officer in December 1915.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were living at 42 High Street, Brentford. Alleyne’s occupation is listed as Motor Engineering Works Fitters Improver and his father was still with the Metropolitan police, as a sub-divisional inspector. 

Alleyne enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company on 20th January 1915, giving his address as ‘Police Station, Ballards Lane, Finchley’. He served as a driver and was based in the UK, including at Larkhill, 10 miles north of Salisbury. On 18th January 1916, he secured a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the London Regiment. He entered the theatre of war in France on 9th October 1916. Nine months later, he was killed in action, dying intestate.

Military records indicate that in October 1917, Alleyne’s father was a sub-divisional inspector with the Metropolitan Police and resided at 49 Claverley Grove, Finchley. By July 1919 he had moved to married quarters at Hampstead Police Station. His parents eventually retired to Bognor Regis, West Sussex.