WADE, Edward James
(Service number 32413)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||13 April 1894||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs HARNET (mother), Faitlie, Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||10th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company|
|Date||15 November 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Military Awards||Military Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Military Medal (M.C.) awarded shortly before February 1918, for bravery in the field.
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
December 1917 admitted to hospital in England with haemorrhage of the lungs. February 1918 ill in hospital in England.
|Date||31 July 1962||Age||69 yrs|
|Place of Death||Nazareth House, Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Temuka Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Services Section; Row 200; Plot 17|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of late James WADE & Winifred (nee GALLEN; later Mrs HARNETT), of Fairlie. Brother William died of wounds in 1917; brother Hugh Joseph (Joe) also served in WWI & was fighting on the Western Front at the same time as Willie & Edward. Edward was educated at Sacred Heart and Marist Brothers schools in Timaru and then at Fairlie School. Shortly before embarking for the Front and while on final leave, Edward had the honour of being best man at his uncle Michael Gallen's marriage to Mary Hanifin, in Fairlie on 16 October 1916. . One of a family with an exceptionally brilliant war record - Edward was awarded the Military Medal; his brother William, who was killed in action, was awarded the Military Medal and D.C.M.; a brother, Joseph WADE, had a leg amputated. Both Edward and Willaim were in France when their brother Joseph had both legs smashed with shell. Edward's mother received word of Williams's death and Edward's admission to hospital at much the same time. John WADE, the youngest son of Winifred and brother of Edward, Joe and Willie, and step-brother of John and William HARNETT, was called up when he had just turned 20 but was appealed for by his mother.
Cenotaph Database [26 August]; TDC headstone image, Temuka Cemetery [26 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 28 October 1916, 13 July 1917, 8 September 1917, 10 December 1917, 16 February 1918 (Papers Past) [20 September 2013; 02 November 2013; 24 January 2014]
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