Tributes paid to late Mablethorpe war hero

Jack Wallace, Mablethorpe resident who has died at the age of 85.
Jack Wallace, Mablethorpe resident who has died at the age of 85.

John Henry Wallace, known to everyone as Jack, was one of the last Burma Stars in the area and a much loved father and grandfather, he died aged 85.

Jack was a veteran of the Burma campaign of World War II which lasted from December 11, 1941, until September 2, 1945, and saw the Allied armies defeat the Japanese Axis army in South East Asia.

He lived in Mablethorpe for much of his latter years and was a life member of the Burma Star Association.

He will be honoured with a full military funeral next week at Alford Crematorium.

Jack was born in Sheffield and worked for British Steel for many years, but joined the Green Howards infantry regiment aged just 17, the youngest age a soldier could be in order to qualify to be conscripted. This made him one of the youngest Burma Star members in the association.

He was stationed at Richmond in North Yorkshire and also fought in the Sicilian campaign before going on to fight in Burma where over 70,000 British soldiers were killed along with nearly 150,000 Japanese.

Mark Reddin of the Mablethorpe British Legion said: “Jack enjoyed the simple things in life, and was known to everyone as a gentle giant. He cared for his disabled wife Lisa.

“Jack was always in good health and collected thousands for the Poppy Appeal, he could often be seen in the Lidl foodstore sitting outside collecting.

“He would always insist on sitting outside, whatever the weather.”

Mablethorpe British Legion Secretary Barbara Hall added: “Jack was a hard worker for the Poppy Appeal and was a great chap. He was at every event we held come rain or shine with his camera ready to take pictures. He will be missed by all who knew him.”

Jack’s funeral takes place at Alford Crematorium on Monday, September 12 at 12noon. Family flowers only by request and all donations in his memory should be given to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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