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Ballaugh, Isle of Man
William Wade was born in Ballaugh, on the Isle of Man. His father was William J Wade and his mother, Ann. In 1878 he had a sister, Isabella, In 1891, at the age of 17 he was working as a servant and domestic page in the house of William Fine Moore, a Justice of the Peace with five other domestic staff at Union Mills, Isle of Man. As a complete change of locations he came to Retford where in 1906 he married Kate Bell and found a home in Biggins Cottages, Retford. By 1911, the couple had had two children, Kathleen born 6th December 1907 and William John born 28th July 1909 in 1910 and William was working as a domestic servant and valet. His widow was living at 38 Ordsall Road, Retford and was awarded a pension of 21 shillings a week which commenced on 12th July 1915.
Domestic servant and valet
19 Dec 1914
2749944 - CWGC Website
Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers)
Pte W J Wade Retford Times 25th Dec 1914 The death occurred on Saturday last, after a short illness at the Biggins, Retford, of Pte W J Wade, valet to Colonel A E Whitaker, at the age of 41 years. Mr Wade came with Colonel Whitaker to Babworth Hall in 1898 and at the beginning of the war he enlisted as servant to Colonel Whitaker. He was well known and leaves a widow and two young children, with whom much sympathy is felt. The mortal remains were laid to rest in Babworth Churchyard on Tuesday with military honours, the Sherwood Rangers providing a firing party, and the trumpeters sounding the “Last Post.” There follows a list of mourners and floral tributes in the Retford Times report. He had enlisted in the Sherwood Rangers and the war had only been going for four months when he died heart failure. His death was registered at Retford and he died of heart failure before being buried in the Babworth Churchyard.
CWG additional information:- Son of W. J. Wade; husband of Kate Wade, of Biggins Cottages, Retford. Born at Ballaugh, Isle of Man. Research by Colin Dannatt
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