WADE, Hugh Joseph
(Service number 18509)

Aliases Joseph, Joe
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 12 July 1895 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs T. HARNETT (mother), Fairlie
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Messines
Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

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.

Post-war Occupations



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

Biographical Notes

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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