HADLOW, Wallace Victor
(Service number 80067)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||8 March 1883||Place of Birth||Otham, Kent, England|
|Date||30 January 1918||Age||34|
|Address at Enlistment||Tycho Mail, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Occupation||Mechanic for A Hape, Hadlow, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Mabel.Elizabeth Hadlow (wife), Tycho Mail, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||5 foot 10 1/2 inches tall, chest 34 1/2 - 37 1/2 inches, weight 141 pounds (64kgs), blue eyes, fair hair, fair complexion|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||42nd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||A Company, NZ Rifle Brigade|
|Date||1 August 1918|
|Transport||HMNZT 109 Tofua|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||London, England|
|Other Units Served With||NZ Rifle Brigade Reserve Battalion|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Rifle Brigade Reserve Battalion|
|Service Medals||British War Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||17 September 1919||Reason||End of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||1 December 1975||Age||92|
|Place of Death||Timaru, New Zealand|
|Notices||Dept of Internal Affairs 22 January 1976|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Crematorium|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Wallace, youngest son of William (1847-1910) and Harriette (1849-?) Hadlow, was born at Otham, Kent, England, on March 8, 1883. On February 20, 1913,
Wallace married Mable Elizabeth Rogers, born in 1888, the daughter of Edward George and Mary Ann (nee Simmons) Rogers at St Nicholas, Grand Kimble, Bucks, England. He must have soon left for New Zealand, as in 1914, he was living at Green Hayes in Temuka, employed as a chauffeur. By January 1918 he was at Tycho, just out of Timaru, working as a mechanic for Mr A Hape, at Hadlow, when he enlisted for war service on January 30.
Wallace was described as being Anglican, 5 foot 10 ½ inches tall, with a chest measuring 34½-37½ inches, weighing 141 pounds (64 kgs), having blue eyes, fair hair and of a fair complexion. His wife Elizabeth of Tycho Mail, Timaru, was nominated as his next of kin. Wallace did not enter camp at Trentham until May 25, when he was posted to the 41st Reinforcements, A Company, NZ Rifle Brigade, but later transferred to the 42nd Reinforcements. By 1918 Trentham was the principle training camp, where Rifleman Hadlow would have carried out his basic and advanced infantry training, before embarking for overseas service.
On August 1, 1918, he embarked from Wellington aboard HMZNZT 109 “Tofua,” one of 856 troops bound for London, England, where they arrived on October 4. Immediately on arrival Wallace marched in to the NZ Rifle Brigade Reserve Battalion at Brocton, a bleak and dreary upland surrounded by a charming countryside dotted with quaint old-time villages. Here the troops received further training including gas, trench construction, and fighting skills. Too late for active service in France, he was to remain here until May 14, 1919, when he marched in to Codford Camp where our troops were awaiting repatriation home to New Zealand. This camp was the home to Number 3 NZ General Hospital and contains the second largest New Zealand War Graves cemetery in England where 66 of our boys are buried. On July 2, 1919, he boarded the SS “Somerset” at Liverpool, arriving home on August 20. After having served a total of 1 year and 121 days, Wallace was discharged from the army on September 17, 1919, and was later awarded the British War Medal.
Wallace returned to Tycho and is on the 1919 elector roll, listed as a returned soldier. From 1935 to 1949, he was living at Kingsdown, occupied as a dairy farmer, and from 1954 until 1975, lived at 95 Avenue Road Timaru, listed as a farmer/retired farmer. His wife Mabel passed away in 1970, and Wallace died at Timaru on December 1, 1975, aged 92 years. His ashes are in the Timaru Crematorium.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [January 2018]; "Family: Wallace Victor Hadlow/Mabel Elizabeth Rogers (F692)" on Kimble One-Place Study at http://www.kimble.info/familygroup.php?familyID=F692&tree=tree1; New Zealand ANZACs in the Great War 1914-1918 (University of New South Wales) at http://nzef.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=102256; Assorted records at Ancestry.com [January 2018]; "Returning soldiers" in the Timaru Herlad 8 August 1919 p9, courtesy of Papers Past at https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/
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Tony Rippin, South Canterbruy Museum, Ted Hansen, SC branch NZSG
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