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Joseph Theodore Wade

Portrait of Joseph Theodore Wade 57696. Image kindly provided by family. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Joseph Theodore Wade 57696. Image kindly provided by family. Image has no known copyrigh …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Theodore AWMM
  • Surname
    Wade AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 57696 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 May 1883 Military Personne file RiccartonChristchurch Military Personne file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pembroke Road, Stratford, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 James Joseph Wade (father), County Stables, Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 57696 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    British War Medal
    Victory Medal Public - Ross - Researcher - 18 November 2018 - Military Personnel File

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Wool classer/Civilian AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Joseph Theodore was born in Christchurch, one of six children. His parents were Joseph Wade (b.22.1.1861, d. 25.2.1921) and Alice Watson (b. 11.3.1861, d. 9.4.1930. His grandfather, the first Joseph, was born in England in 1833 and with his wife Eliza Sarah Brown, emigrated to Christchurch New Zealand with their children 1856.

      Joseph's father, also named Joseph and grandfather (the first Joseph Wade) played bagpipes at the rail stations in Christchurch and New Plymouth to farewell each trainload of soldiers leaving for the Second World War.
      This last, Joseph Theodore, was a champion Scottish dancer in his teen years in Christchurch, as was his sister, Olive Wade who was New Zealand champion Scottish dancer for many years and the only time she was beaten was when she dressed as a boy and competed against her brother (Joseph Theodore) who beat her. Joseph - a good-looking and popular man - was very briefly married to Hilda and did not have children. He spent the last years of his life alone in a little cottage in Onehunga, Auckland, close to where he worked as a wool classer (Public Source, April 2015). AWMM
    • Joe was gassed during WW1 and had problems with his lungs to the end of his life. He stayed with relatives in Scotland as a child and again following the war before returning home to New Zealand. Public - Ngairene - Other Relative - 15 May 2015 - Oral information from his niece.
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About death

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  • Death
    11 August 1958 Military Personne file
    Age 73 AWMM
    OnehungaAuckland Military Personne file
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  • Cause of death
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  • Obituary
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18 November 2018RossBulls NZResearcher
15 June 2015NgaireneNew ZealandOther Relative

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