Wallace Lloyd Algie

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Wallace Lloyd Algie
Wallace Lloyd Algie VC.jpg
Born (1891-06-10)10 June 1891
Alton, Ontario
Died 11 October 1918(1918-10-11) (aged 27)
Cambrai, France
Buried Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Canadian Army
Years of service 1916–1918  
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 20th (Central Ontario) Battalion
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Spouse(s) (nee) Jago

Wallace Lloyd Algie VC (10 June 1891 – 11 October 1918) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 10 June 1891 at Alton, Ontario,[1] the son of James and Rachel Algie who resided at 1155 King Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2] Wallace was brought up by his parents in the Presbyterian faith. Prior to April 1916 he served as a lieutenant for 2 months in The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and 4 months in the 40th Regiment. On 19 April 1916, Wallace signed an Officers' Declaration Paper to serve in the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force. [3]

World War I[edit]

Algie was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 11 October 1918 north east of Cambrai, France, which also led to his death. At the time of his action, Algie was a 27-year-old lieutenant in the 20th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Lieutenant Algie was with attacking troops who came under heavy enfilade machine-gun fire from a neighbouring village.

His citation in the London Gazette reads:

For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice on the 11th October, 1918, north-east of Cambrai, when with attacking troops which came under heavy enfilade machine-gun fire from a neighbouring village. Rushing forward with nine volunteers, he shot the crew of an enemy machine gun, and, turning it on the enemy, enabled his party to reach the village. He then rushed another machine gun, killed the crew. captured an officer and 10 enemy, and thereby cleared the end of the village. Lt. Algie, having established his party, went back for reinforcements, but was killed when leading them forward. His valour and personal initiative in the face of intense fire saved many lives and enabled the position to be held.[4]


Lieutenant Algie was buried at Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, France. The gravesite is located 5 mi (8.0 km) north east of Cambrai. The headstone is located at Grave 7, Row C.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/gal/vcg-gcv/bio/algie-wl-eng.asp
  2. ^ Algie, Wallace Lloyd, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  3. ^ http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=history/firstwar/vcwinners/wallace-algie
  4. ^ "No. 31155". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 January 1919. p. 1504.
  5. ^ Burial location of Wallace Algie, victoriacross.org.uk


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