WADE, John
(Service number 61006)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 12 June 1884 Place of Birth NZ (Oamaru)

Enlistment Information

Date 23 May 1917 Age 32 yrs 19 mths
Address at Enlistment Upper Waitohi
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr J. E. WADE (father), Winchester Rd, Temuka 
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 130 lbs. Chest measurement 32-36 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing and colour vision normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left arm). Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Depressed scar on left jaw. Assessed as Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 30th Reinforcements F Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic 
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Infantry

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

July 1917 & 20 April 1918 reported 'still dangerously ill'. 29 January 1918 he was admitted to Military Hospital with rubella, and promptly discharged to the Quarantine Camp. Just over two weeks later he was again admitted to the Military Hospital snd placed on the seriously ill list. 29 May 1918, 10 June 1918 still seriously ill, in London. 21 June 1918 dangerously ill; now diagnosed rubella, lungs. 22 July 1018, 19 August still fangerously ill.

Post-war Occupations


Date 23 August 1918 Age 34 yrs
Place of Death Codford Military Hospital, England
Cause Died of disease - TB Lung.
Notices Timaru Herald, 2 September 1918
Memorial or Cemetery Codford (St Mary's) New Churchyard (Military Cemetery), Wiltshire, England
Memorial Reference 117
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka War Memorial; Waitohi District War Memorial, South Canterbury; St Peter's Church, Temuka   

Biographical Notes

This John WADE wss the second son of Irish-born parents John Edward.and Catherine WADE, of Winchester Road, Temuka. John possibly played in the Celtic A Juniors football team in the Seven-a-Side Tournament on 24 May 1907. [NOT LIKELY] Before enlisting, John was farming in the Upper Waitohi district. John disembarked at Liverpool on 8 December 1917, marched into Sling on 9 Decemebr, and then was first admitted to hospital on 29 January 1918. Thus he saw very little, if any, action and appears to have spent over a year in hospital, dangerously ill, before he died of disease (tuberculosis) at Codford Military Hospital, England. What a lonely and miserable time he must have had. He was one of ten men in the Waitohi district who had lost their lives and whose names were to be inscribed on the war memorial. His medals, plaque and scroll were duly sent to his father. In the short will which he drew up after enlisting, John appointed the Public Trustee his executor and he left all his estate to his three sisters (Jane Gerrity, of Temuka; Marie Gibson, of Timaru; Lena Wade, of Temuka). His brother-in-law, Ernest Stanley GIBSON also served in WWI.


Cenotaph Database [21 July 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5557 0117605) [27 July 2014]; ; CWGC [26 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 24 May 1907, 2 September 1918, 10 November 1919 (Papers Past) [23 October 2013; 28 November 2013; 09 April 2014; 19 April 2014; 06 May 2014]

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