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William WADE

Regimental number5116
Date of birth9 September 1897
Place of birthDarlinghurst New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Sanoma', Ethne Avenue, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, R Wade, 'Sanoma', Ethne Avenue, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name20th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 5 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Infantry Base Depot
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Other details

War service: enlisted at Casula, New South Wales. Embarked from Sydney, 5 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 31 August 1916, and marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone. Promoted Acting Corporal, 1 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 October 1916; taken on strength, 1st Bn, 10 November 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 10 December 1916; Temporary Corporal, 9 April 1917; Corporal, 10 July 1917.

Transferred to 1st Training Bn, 18 July 1917, and placed on supernumerary list. Marched in to 1st Training Bn, Durrington, England, 20 July 1917. On detachment to School of Musketry, Tidworth, 15 August 1917; rejoined 1st Training Bn, 15 September 1917, having qualified as 1st Class.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1917; rejoined unit, 5 January 1918. Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 14 January 1918 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Base Depot, 5 March 1918: total period of treatment: 56 days. Transferred to establishment of Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 26 July 1918, and taken on strength of Headquarters. Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 26 July 1918. On leave to Paris, 13 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 13 September 1918. Promoted Temporary Company sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class II), 4 October 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 21 April 1919; marched in to No. 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 22 April 1919; commenced return to Australia on board 'Denavan', 8 May 1919; arrived Sydney, 26 June 1919; discharged, 18 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II as N39013. Enlisted 28 February 1942, and taken on strength, Volunteer Defence Corps; appointed Acting Sergeant and posted to Guerilla Warfare School. Appointed acting Lt, 9 June 1942. Appointed Temporary Captain, 5 August 1944, while holding appointment as Adjutant and Quartermaster, 33rd NSW Bn, VDC. Appointment to 33rd NSW Bn relinquished, 14 December 1945; appointment terminated (discharged), 15 December 1945.
Date of death17 February 1970
Age at death72
Place of burialCremated: Rookwoord Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales

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