James Wallace was born in Ballarat on 3rd May 1882. James was admitted to the Ballarat Orphanage in 1888, and left to take up employment with Mr Duncan of Warracknabeal. He later worked in Queensland as a cane-cutter, and a miner in Broken Hill, South Australia. The latter possibly the reason for becoming a sapper in the 2nd and 3rd Tunnelling Companies in WW1.
He returned to Australia in 1918 and is buried in the New Ballarat Cemetery. He is also mentioned on the Orphanage Honour Roll.