Euan Wallace

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Rt Hon Euan Wallace MC

Captain David Euan Wallace, MC (20 April 1892 – 9 February 1941) was a British Conservative politician who briefly served as Minister of Transport during World War II. He was the son of John Wallace, of Glassingall, Dunblane, Perthshire.

Political career[edit]

Wallace gained the rank of Captain in the service of the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards Reserve, acted as a special Commissioner for the North-East coast and acted as Aide-de-camp to the Governor General of Canada in 1920 and was decorated with the award of the Military Cross (MC).

He was first elected to the House of Commons at Member of Parliament (MP) for Rugby 1922-1923, then represented Hornsey from 1924 until his death in 1941. He served as Assistant Government Whip 1928-29; Junior Lord of the Treasury 1929, 1931; Civil Lord of the Admiralty 1931-34; Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 1935-35; Secretary for Overseas Trade 1935-37; Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade 1937-38; Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1938-39. He was appointed as Minister of Transport in 1939.

Wallace was invested as a Privy Counsellor in 1936.

Personal life[edit]

On 26 November 1913 Wallace married Lady (Myra) Idina Sackville, daughter of Gilbert George Reginald Sackville, 8th Earl De La Warr and Lady Muriel Agnes Brassey.[1] The marriage produced two sons:[2]

The first marriage ended in divorce in 1919 and on 10 May 1920 he married Barbara Lutyens (1898–1981), the daughter of Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens and Lady Emily Bulwer-Lytton. The marriage produced three sons:


  1. ^ The Genealogy of the Wallace Family
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 4631". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  3. ^ WALLACE, DAVID JOHN - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  4. ^ Eton College - Rolls of Honour
  6. ^ WALLACE, GERALD EVAN - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  7. ^ WALLACE, JOHN - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  8. ^ WALLACE, EDWARD PETER - Commonwealth War Graves Commission


  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1076.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Baird, Bt
Member of Parliament for Rugby
Succeeded by
Ernest Brown
Preceded by
Viscount Ednam
Member of Parliament for Hornsey
Succeeded by
Sir David Gammans
Political offices
Preceded by
George Hall
Civil Lord of the Admiralty
Succeeded by
Kenneth Lindsay
Preceded by
Harry Crookshank
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Lloyd
Preceded by
John Colville
Secretary for Overseas Trade
Succeeded by
Robert Hudson
Preceded by
Leslie Burgin
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade
Succeeded by
Ronald Cross
Preceded by
John Colville
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Harry Crookshank
Preceded by
Leslie Burgin
Minister of Transport
Succeeded by
Sir John Reith