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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Joseph Wade
Dr Mary Hutchison
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Joseph Wade

Joseph WADE

Cleaner, Fireman, Driver



 Joseph Wade cropped from photo of the 5 railway servicemen, from the collection of Kate Olsson

War Service record: NAA B2455, WADE, Joseph (Service no. 27203)

NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records (Staff no 52791)

No family contact:  Garry White, Goulburn and District Historical Society is researching his life.

Joseph Wade Biography

1914 joined NSWGR Goulburn Loco where his older brother John was already employed.  Casual engine cleaner. Not clear whether still on probation when enlisted in 1916 at age of 21 – file note that he would be granted difference between railway and military pay. Enlisted with brother and three others from Goulburn Loco.  Promoted to Fireman during War August 1917 and resumed duties as fireman on return in 1919.  Became engine driver and worked mainly at Goulburn.  Died suddenly in 1952 aged 58, while still employed. His widow was provided with his retiring leave as a compassionate allowance.

After the War they visited England to see Ron and when they returned they settled in Hornsby and ran a general store until retiring in 1957. Born 1894 in Goulburn-Yass region (father’s address Bookham when enlisted). Father Frank Wade. Enlisted when 21 and single. Served as Driver in Field Artillery and Second Division Ammunition Column in France. Wounded in Action 1917 and hospitalised for various illnesses that reveal life in the trenches – scabies, tonsillitis, measles and diarrhoea. Died suddenly aged 58. Obit notice shows that he married Barbara and had two children and four step children. Also refers to  ‘a wide circle of friends’


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