Martin Wallace (soldier)

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Martin Wallace
Nickname(s) Jock
Born 1969 (1969) (age 48)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Allegiance Australia Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1987–
Unit Special Air Service Regiment

War in Afghanistan

Iraq War

Awards Medal for Gallantry

Martin 'Jock' Wallace MG, born in 1969 of Scottish ancestry,[1] grew up in Tamworth, New South Wales, and enlisted in the Australian Army in 1987 at the age of seventeen.[1] He was a member of 152 Signals Squadron and served as a signalman with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) when he was awarded the Medal for Gallantry (MG) for his actions on 2 March 2002 during Operation Anaconda while attached to the United States 10th Mountain Division in the Shahi Kot Valley, Afghanistan. He was aged 32 at the time.[2]

The book 18 Hours: The True Story of an SAS War Hero by Sandra Lee, published in 2006, describes the circumstances and his actions that led to the award of the Medal for Gallantry. The medal was presented by the Governor General, Peter Hollingworth, on 27 November 2002.[3] Three other SAS soldiers, (a corporal, a sergeant and a captain), also received awards anonymously for their involvement in the same action. The regiment's commanding officer, (then Lieutenant Colonel Gus Gilmore), was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC).[4][5]

Honours and awards[edit]

MGAustRibbon.png Medal for Gallantry (MG) 27 November 2003[2]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal with 2 bars for 'ICAT' and 'IRAQ 2003'
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal
Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
DLSM with Rosette x 2.png Defence Long Service Medal with 2 Rosette's for 25–29 years of service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal


  1. ^ a b Lee 2006, p. 3.
  2. ^ a b Lee 2006, p. 13.
  3. ^ Lee 2006, p. 2.
  4. ^ Lee 2006, p. 5.
  5. ^ McPhedran 2005, p. 236.


  • Lee, Sandra (2006). 18 Hours: The true story of an SAS War Hero. Sydney: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-7322-8230-6. 
  • McPhedran, Ian (2005). The Amazing SAS: The inside story of Australia's Special Forces. Sydney: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-7322-7981-X.