WADE, Henry Alfred
(Service number 7/740)

Aliases Harry
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 13 October 1891 Place of Birth London, England

Enlistment Information

Date 15 October 1914 Age 23 yrs 9 mths
Address at Enlistment Sophia Street, Timaru
Occupation Motor driver ("Herald" Office)
Previous Military Experience Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Miss C. T. BROAD, 20 Archer Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 150 lbs. Complexion fair. Eyes brown. Hair brown. Sight and hearing good. Colour vision correct. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 14 December 1914
Transport Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt
Service Medals Gallipoli Medallion
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date 18 August 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Reported slightly sick at Malta in September 1915. 25 October 1915 recovered and sent to the front from Alexandria. Reported wounded on 19 April 1917. 28 April 1917 admitted to hospital - shrapnel wound in back, Transferred to Hospital Train for Cairo. 15 May 1917 again admitted to hospital - progressing satisfactorily. 12 June 1917to the Convalescent Home at Heliopolis with tonsilitis - improved. 19 January 1918 admitted to Military Infectious Hospital in Cairo, with diptheria - satisfactory. This was followed by another bout of tonsilitis; then again to NZ Convalescent Home Aotea with diptheria.

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 May 1959 Age 67 yrs
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section; Row 108; Plot 16
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

In 1919 he married his next-of-kin, Christina Taylor BROAD. They had one daughter. Said to be the son of William Walter HOLLIDAY & Mary Elizabeth. Before enlisting he was for a time the driver for the "Herald" motor delivery on the Pareora run. Harry returned home from Egypt in April 1919 on the troopship Kaikoura. He returned to Archer Street, Timaru, but by 1921 was living in Geraldine. On 30 September 1919 he applied for an Overseas War-Service Gratuity. Remarkably Harry gave 4 years 211 days of war service, only 83 days being in New Zealand; but his time was not without its troubles, with several bouts of tonsilitis and diptheria in 1917. Is Henry the child named Henry Alfred HOLLIDAY, at home with parents William Walter and Mary Elizabeth HOLLIDAY in London in 1901? in 1911 Henry is not with the family. And did he change his name? If so, why?


Cenotaph Database [26 August 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5557 0117598) [27 August 2013]; TDC headstone image, Timaru Cemetery [27 August 2013]; family details (ancestry) [31 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 20 October 1914, 14 September 1915, 2 April 1919 (Papers Past) [02 November 2013; 10 November 2013; 06 January 2014]

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