(Service number 61006)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||12 June 1884||Place of Birth||NZ (Oamaru)|
|Date||23 May 1917||Age||32 yrs 19 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Upper Waitohi|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mr J. E. WADE (father), Winchester Rd, Temuka|
|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.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||30th Reinforcements F Company|
|Date||13 October 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Liverpool, England|
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|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Infantry|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
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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.
|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|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka War Memorial; Waitohi District War Memorial, South Canterbury; St Peter's Church, Temuka|
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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