WADE, Hugh Joseph
(Service number 18509)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||12 July 1895||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs T. HARNETT (mother), Fairlie|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||6th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company|
|Date||26 July 1916|
|Transport||Waitemata or Ulimaroa|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Devonport, England|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Lost a leg. In 1917 seriously wounded in the Messines battle. September 1917 information received that Joseph was in hospital and progressing favourably. Both legs were smashed with shell, one having to be amputated and the other broken in two places. To embark for England to have an artificial leg fitted. February 1918 reported to be progressing well after having had a leg amputated.
|Date||6 April 1970||Age||75 yrs|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Temuka Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 215, Plot 682|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of late James WADE & Winifred (Mrs HARNETT), of Fairlie. Brother William died of wounds in 1917; brother Edward James also served in WWI & was fighting on the Western Front at the same time as Willie & Joe. Joe had to have a leg amputated in early 1917. He was seriously wounded while taking part in the Messines battle and underwent a severe trial. Both legs were smashed with shell, one leg having to be amputated and the other broken in two places. Only the skill of the sugeons made the broken leg sufficiently strong for him to use crutches. He went to England to have an artificial leg fitted. While all this was happening to Joe, his brothers Edward and William were in France. Joe was in hospital when his brother William died in October 1918.
Cenotaph Database [27 August 2013]; TDC Headstone image Temuka Cemetery [26 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 8 September 1917, 10 December 1917, 16 February 1918 (Papers Past) [02 & 06 November 2013]
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