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Person Details
16 Aug 1886
Nuneaton Warwickshire
Herbert was the fourth son of Charles Herbert and Emma Wade (née Parker) Charles Herbert Wade was born in 1856 (J/F/M Stamford Lincs-Rawling), the son of John Wade, a miller. Emma Parker was born in Spittalgate, Lincolnshire, in about 1856 and was the daughter of Francis Parker, a blacksmith. They were married on 25 December 1879 (O/N/D Stamford Lincs) at St Martin, Stamford Baron, Northamptonshire, where Emma was living at the time. Charles was a leather dresser and living in Old Radford, Nottingham. They had six children: Charles b. Nottingham 10 June 1882 (J/A/S Basford), John Francis b. Nottingham 29 October 1883 (O/N/D Basford), Henry b. Old Basford 29 December 1884 (1885 J/F/M Basford), Herbert b. Nuneaton 16 August 1886 (J/A/S Nuneaton Warwickshire), Annie Gertrude b. Nuneaton 28 January 1890 (J/F/M Nuneaton) and Sidney b. Nuneaton 28 May 1891 (J/A/S Nuneaton). In 1891 Charles Henry (35), a light leather dresser, and Emma (35) were living at St Nicholas Villa, Attleborough Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with their five children: Charles, John, Henry, Herbert and Annie. The youngest child, Sidney, was born later that year. Charles employed one domestic servant. Emma Wade died in 1895 (O/N/D Nuneaton) and Charles Henry married secondly Elizabeth Wilson (b. Derby 25 January 1852) in 1897 (J/A/S Nuneaton). The family was still living on Attleborough Road, Nuneaton, in 1901. Charles Herbert was now a leather dresser manager. The family later moved to Nottingham where Charles Herbert established himself as a leather manufacturer. By 1911 he was living at Linwood Mount, 1 Mount Hooton Road, Nottingham, with his wife Elizabeth (58) and four of his children John Francis (27) who was assisting his father in the business, Herbert (24) a bank clerk, Annie Gertrude (21) of no occupation, and Sidney (19) who was also assisting in the family business. Two domestic servants were also in the household. The eldest son, Charles, described as a leather manufacturer, was married and living with his wife at 19 Noel Street, Nottingham in 1911. The third son, Henry (26), an ironmonger's assistant, was a boarder at 36 Manor Court, Nuneaton, in the household of Thomas Crofts, a printer's compositor, and his wife Ellen. Herbert's brother Sidney, a lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment, died of pneumonia, a complication of influenza, on 26 October 1918 (Nottingham General Cemetery). Both Herbert and Sidney joined the army together (Sherwood Foresters service numbers 146769 and 146770 respectively) although each transferred later to other units. Their sister, Gertrude Annie, was a British Red Cross Society volunteer (Commission Notts 40) and worked at the General Hospital (Auxiliary) Nottingham, completing 1300 hours between July 1915 and December 1918. Charles Herbert Ward died at his home, 1 Mount Hooton Road, on 16 August 1924 aged 68. His widow, Elizabeth, was still living at the same address in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. Also in the household was her unmarried stepdaughter, Gertrude Annie, and one domestic servant. Elizabeth died on 24 August 1942. Of Herbert's four surviving siblings: Charles married Lucy Hooton (b. 22 August 1884), the daughter of Richard Hooton of 1 Noel Street, Nottingham, on 20 July 1910 (J/A/S Nottingham) in the parish church at Hyson Green; their witnesses were his brother John Francis and her sister Norah Broadhead Hooton. In 1911 they were living at 1 Noel Street, Nottingham; Charles was a leather manufacturer. In 1939 they were living at 'Uplyme' Baildon Close, Wollaton Park. This was still Charles' home at the time of his death on 10 December 1962. John Francis married Gladys R Wade (b. 23 April 1891) in 1914 (J/F/M Nottingham). They had at least two children: John Weston b. 11 March 1916 and Sidney Malcolm b. 28 May 1921. In 1939 they were living at Forest Grove House, Weston Avenue, Nottingham; John's occupation was given as director of a leather manufacturer's company. He died on 24 March 1951; he was still living at Forest Grove House. Henry was working as an ironmonger when he married Winifred Maud Lowe at Holy Trinity, Ilkeston on 29 November 1915. Winifred (b. 11 March 1889) was the daughter of Frederick Lowe, a carpenter, of 1 Back Lane, Heanor Road Ilkeston. . They were living at 47 Grassington Road, Bobbers Mill, Nottingham, in 1911. Henry occupation was given as leather classer but he was also a special constable (411 City No. 1 Section). Henry died on 21 November 1951 and Winifred died on 28 January 1958; she was still living at 47 Grassington Road. Annie Gertrude was living with her stepmother in the family home at 1 Mount Hooton Road in 1939. She died on 5 April 1971; she was then living at 'Claremont', Elm Bank, Nottingham.
Educated at Nottingham High School. He was a bank clerk in 1911 with the Union of London and Smith's Bank.
02 Nov 1918
336050 - CWGC Website
  • MC MC Military Cross
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
“A” Company, 17th Battalion Machine Gun Corps previously Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). Herbert had attended his brother Sidney's funeral in Nottingham at the end of October 1918. He was killed in action on 2nd November 1918 and was buried in Vendegies-au-Bois British Cemetery, France (grave ref. A.30). The village of Vendegies-au-Bois is east of Cambrai. Lieutenant Wade's citation for the Military Cross reads: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He collected a few men and a machine gun and remained within 30 yards of the enemy trenches and kept the gun in action for fourteen hours, inflicting severe casualties and being at times under our own barrage and continuous fire from the enemy.' CWGC - Vendegies-au-Bois British Cemetery (extract): 'Vendegies-au-Bois was captured by British troops on the 23rd October 1918. The Cemetery was made by the 21st Division. There are now over 40, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site (mainly of the 1st Lincolns and the 6th Leicesters, dating from October and November 1918).'
His brother Sidney served in the Lincolnshire Regiment (second lieutenant) and died in England on 26 October 1918 of pneumonia following influenza. (See record on this Roll of Honour) All Saints Church News, February 1919: 'Herbert Wade MC, Linwood House, Mount Hooton Road, Lieutenant MGC, killed in action November 3rd 1918 [CWGC: 2 November 1918], aged 32. Joined the ranks of the Army with his deceased brother in September 1914 and served in France. Returning together to Fermoy Park Ireland, they obtained their commissions two years ago. Lieutenant Wade was a member of the Union of London and Smiths Bank in the city and was much respected.' Notice published 8th November 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post:- WADE. – Killed in action, November 3rd, 1918, Lieut. H. Wade, M.C., Machine Gun Corps, son of Mr. and Mr. C. H. Wade, Linwood House, Mount Hooton-road, Nottm.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, 19 August 1924: ‘Local Happenings; Liberal member for Wollaton Ward on the City Council from 1906 to 1909, when he retired, Mr Charles Herbert Wade senior member of the firm of Wade and Coy. (Nottingham) Ltd., glazed kid manufacturers, of Whitemoor, Bobbers Mill, died at his home Linwood house, Mount Hooton-road, Nottingham on Saturday, in his 69th year, and was buried to-day in the General Cemetery, the service being conducted by the rev. CW Vick, former minister of the Woodborough-road Baptist Church, of which Mr Wade was a member.’ (www/britishnewspaperacrchive.co.uk Wade and Co. Tannery (Whitemoor Leather Works) at Bobbers Mill employed over 1,000 employees at its peak. Probate: Wade Charles Herbert of Linwood Mount Hooton-road Nottingham died 16 August 1924 Probate Nottingham 28 October to Elizabeth Wade widow Charles Wade and John Francis Wade leather manufacturers Henry Wade ironmonger and Stephen Joseph Thomas Flowers company secretary. Effects £25233 18s. 9D
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