WADE William Harold

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William Wade was born in Oakham, the son of Charles Wade and his wife who lived at 33 Penn Street. He worked as a footman in London for Lady Cicely Gathborne Hardy before he enlisted at Chelsea into the Middlesex Regiment on 11 May 1916. After four months training at Sleaford, he embarked for France on 26 September 1916. He was killed by a piece of shrapnel in fighting near Ypres. In a letter to his parents, his Major wrote: "You have the satisfaction of knowing he died doing his duty. For over five months your son has been my personal servant, and a more faithful one never lived. He was certainly the most honest and conscientous boy I know, and a great favourite with all his comrades." Lady Gathborne Hardy wrote: "The Colonel and I were very fond of your boy and I think he was happy with us." And Lord William Neville expressing his grief at Rifleman Wade's death said: "I liked him better than any boy I ever had in my service, and that is saying a good deal, as we have had many during 28 years we have been married. I was really fond of him... He has done his bit for his country, the greatest any man can do, and though your sorrow must be very great you must also be very proud to think that you had a son who died, as he has, the most honoured death any one can die." William Wade is buried at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, near Ypres,  grave B.6, and is remembered on Oakham's War Memorial.

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3 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 14 December 2014
By John Stokes on Sunday 14th December '14 at 6:35pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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