John James Joseph (JJ) WADE

WADE, John James Joseph

Service Number: WX7265
Enlisted: 1 August 1940, Claremont, Western Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia, 20 November 1917
Home Town: Yarloop, Harvey, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Dairy Farmer
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World War 2 Service

1 Aug 1940: Involvement Corporal, SN WX7265, 2nd/28th Infantry Battalion, Siege of Tobruk
1 Aug 1940: Enlisted Claremont, Western Australia
1 Aug 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN WX7265, 2nd/28th Infantry Battalion
14 Oct 1944: Discharged
14 Oct 1944: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN WX7265, 2nd/28th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"The world is full of cemeteries from wars, from hundreds and thousands of years, and there is nothing to show for it, is there?"

 

"John James Joseph Wade, or JJ as he is commonly known, left the Perth port of Fremantle in January 1941 on the Aquitania bound for the Middle East. The 97-year-old saw action in Tobruk in Libya as a driver-mechanic, and El Alamein in Egypt.

During the Siege of Tobruk, he received shrapnel wounds to the foot and wrist and was sent to the 63rd British General Hospital in Cairo for treatment.

Mr Wade returned to WA in January 1943 before his battalion was sent to Queensland for jungle training to help them prepare for battle in New Guinea. He survived the famous crossing of the Busu River, a raging torrent which claimed the lives of several members of the Battalion, and took part in the battle for Lae. Like many Australian soldiers in New Guinea, Mr Wade contracted malaria and was sent home where he helped run his family's dairy farm at Yarloop in WA's South-West.

Always look on the bright side of life, otherwise it's a dull old life. He was discharged with the rank of Corporal in October 1944." - READ MORE LINK (www.abc.net.au)

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