No.26708, Private, Harry WALLIS
Aged 27

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on/since 9th August 1916

Harry Wallis was born in Barrow (2nd qtr 1889 Thingoe 4a:717) son Sarah Jane WALLIS (née WRIGHT). His mother married George JOLLY in 1891

1891 census...Aged 1, he was at 2 Meadow Row, Barrow with his widowed grandmother Emma WALLIS [54] tailoress born Mildenhall; his mother Sarah Jane WALLIS [22] tailoress, single, born Barrow.

1901 census...Aged 11, as Harry JOLLY, he was at 6 Meadow Row, Barrow with his stepfather George JOLLY [33] horsekeeper; his mother Sarah J; half-sisters Mabel JOLLY [8] and Edith E JOLLY [3]. All born in Barrow. Also there was his grandmother Emma WALLIS

1911 census...Aged 21, as Harry JOLLY, a tailor's presser, he was still at 6 Meadow Row, Barrow with his stepfather, mother, half sisters Edith Emma and Trissie Ella [8].

The pension card has his mother at Long Yard, Barrow.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds
The battalion, having rehearsed with dummy trenches constructed from aerial reconnaisance, attacked the enmey trenches on 9th August, The 7th Suffolks supplied 350 men As soon as it was light the bombardment began on a front 2,000 yard long and 300 deep. This bombardment went on all day and the front line was very thinly held, the bulk of the trops beong held back in the caves of Arras. At 7:15 pm patrols and raiders, together with Royal Engineer demolition teams mved forward under a creeping barrage towards Bois du Vert and the Mound..When theGerman 1st line was reached a box barrage was put down and his 2nd line raided. It was very successful raid, albeit involving heavy casualties.
CWGC records show the 7th Suffolk lost 51 killed, of which only 7 have known graves.

Harry Wallis is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somw [pier/face 1C/2A

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