Maitland MADGE MM

MADGE, Maitland

Service Numbers: 3483, Q186400, QX1836
Enlisted: 4 August 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cooktown, Queensland, Australia, 17 March 1894
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Changi, Singapore, 7 June 1944, aged 50 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Grave Location: 4. B. 10.
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3483, Brisbane, Queensland
21 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3483, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3483, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Brisbane
11 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3483, 15th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
24 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3483, 15th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

20 Oct 1939: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN Q186400, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), Townsville, Queensland
16 Jun 1940: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN Q186400, 1st Garrison Battalion
17 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX1836, Townsville, Queensland
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
7 Jun 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX1836, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

Awarded the Military Medal

Commonwealth Gazette, No. 62 reads:

"These men [3483 Maitland MADGE and 4580 Sydney MAY] are recommended for conspicuous bravery while acting as messenger during operations north west of POZIERES from 5th to 11th August, 1916. These men were continually moving to and from Company and Battalion Headquarters under intense H.E. artillery barrage. The telephone lines were being continually broken, and the only method of communication was then by messenger. They showed an utter disregard of their own safety, and an admirable contempt for danger, and it was entirely owing to their self-sacrifice that the operations were so well supported by our own artillery and that Battalion and Brigade Headquarters were so closely in touch with progress of operations. Our losses in messengers were very heavy. There were several instances of these messengers being blown up by H.E. shells exploding near them, and some of them were rendered semi unconscious from shell shock, but after a short rest returned to their dangerous work."

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"After the voyage to the Middle East the 15th Battalion now part of the 4th Brigade disembarked at Marseilles from Alexandria... The 15 battalion was engaged in some of the fiercest fighting at Pozieres and on the 11th August 1916 Madge is reported as wounded in action North West of Pozieres and taken to a Hospital at Etaples. In the days from the 5th to 11th August with no concern for his own safety, Madge while acting as a messenger had moved between Company and Battalion Headquarters under continued enemy artillery fire."

Pvt. Maitland Madge MM, also served in WW2 - aged 45 he re-enlisted in August 1939 in Townsville to the 1st Garrison Battalion. Arriving in Singapore in August 1941 Madge as part of the 2/26 Battalion, 8th Division. He was ill when taken prisoner by the Japanese forces in February 1942. Madge survived over two years at the Changi Camp and it is recorded that he passed away on the 7th June 1944 whilst a prisoner of war." - SOURCE (