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Date of birth21 April 1888
Place of birthTemplecombe, Somerset, England
AddressKennington, Reginald Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs K Maidment, 1 Vale View, London Road, Bath, Somersetshire, England
Enlistment date18 March 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name16th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 22 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion


Unit: 16th Battalion
Promotion date: 9 September 1916


Unit: 16th Battalion
Promotion date: 10 May 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He displayed great coolness and determination when leading the first wave in the attack, and when getting into touch with the unit on his right. His fine example gave great encouragement to the men holding the front line during an intense bombardment.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Croix de Guerre (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He carried out several daring reconnaissances of the enemy's position, and obtained most valuable information. Later, during the attack, he kept his Battalion Headquarters well informed as to the situation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Discharge date4 January 1920
Family/military connectionsBrother: Lt Herbert WADGE, 4th Pioneer Bn, killed in action, 20 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Wounded, 31 August 1916. Discharged in England.

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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