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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: John Wade
Mary Hutchison
By admin Posted in The Great Southern Line on February 19, 2018 0 Comments
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John Wade


Cleaner, Fireman, Driver

Goulburn (Dungog)


 John Wade cropped from the photo of the five railway men, from the collection of Kate Olsson. 

War Service record: NAA B2455, WADE, John (Service no. 27202)

NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records (Staff no 31597)

No family contact.

John Wade Biography

Started work at Goulburn Loco as a casual engine cleaner in 1912 aged 20. Permanent from 1913 when became Fireman. Enlisted 1916 and resumed railway work as Fireman in Goulburn in 1919. Promoted to Engine Driver 1920.  Worked briefly in Junee in 1920 and returned to Goulburn. Moved permanently to the Broadmeadow Mechanical branch in Dungog in 1932. Retired 1953 aged 60.

Born 1892 in Goulburn-Yass region (father’s address Bookham when enlisted). Father Frank Wade. Enlisted when 23 and single.

Served as Driver and Bombardier in Field Artillery and Second Division Ammunition Column in France.  Wounded in Action 1918 when he received shrapnel and gunshot wounds to his chin and hand. Returned to front. Discharged 1919.

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