in the dress uniform of the 10th Hussars.
|The following information was sent by Michael Gilday of
Coventry, who is the Great Nephew of William Dyson Wallis and
"Pte W D Wallis, 10th Hussars." is the last name on the North
Skelton War Memorial and little has hitherto been known about him
The regulars of the British Army, although heavily outnumbered and
limited to the amount of ammunition they could use, prevented the
Germans from taking the Channel ports.
Had this happened the War would have probably been lost.
The Kaiser called them the "contemptible little Army".
By the end of the year half of the 160,000 had been lost, but a wedge had been driven into the German line, the Ypres Salient.
The Cavalry, the "donkey wallopers" as
|they were known, were of little use on horseback against
lines of trenches and
barbed wire. They fought for the most part as Infantry.
In February 1915 William Wallis was shot by a sniper while fixing a
fencing post and he died on the 11th of that month.
He is buried at Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery, some way to the West
It is believed his brother Tom lost his left arm in the same year. William Wallis's No 1 dress uniform of the Hussars, shown in the first photograph above, has ended up in a museum in Halifax. The connection with the West Riding town and how this came about is not presently known.