A poem titled "For Robert Wallace, Killed in ___ 1916 in Ypres" is introduced with: "My Mother's maiden name was Kathleen Plews. She wrote this poem for her Mother, Lavinia Plews. Robert Wallace was her brother, son of Bobby Wallace (Zacchaeus) who was a preacher for Cockfield Methodist Church 1888". The poem reads:
'More than 90 Springs have danced over my grave,
And in profusion poppies gave.
But still un-answered the question why
Had I and so many have to die?
More than 90 Springs and Summers too
Have warmed this earth where men were slew.
Then Autumn leaves upon me lie
And still no-one can say just why.
Cold winds, then snow, layer on layer
One for each Winter of each year.
Yet still no-one has seen my grave
The ones for whom my life I gave.
But on the Village Cross I see
My Name, there, for eternity.'
DOB abt. 1895
Teesdale Mercury 08.11.1916 - Page 5: Column 2
Private R Wallace, DLI, of Cockfield - killed in action
Teesdale Mercury 22.11.1916 - Page 8: Column 5
Robert W Wallace, Cockfield - killed in action 01.10.1916