5932683, Sergeant, William Reuben WADE
Aged 26

1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 14th February 1942

Born in Q3-1915 [Newmarket 3b:784], to James and Julia WADE (née (MAYES) of Ashley, nr Newmarket.

He married Maria Moira McMANUS in Newmarket in Q1-1938, father of William J. Wade (1941-2014), they were living at Lordship Stud, London Road, Newmarket.

In the 1939 register his wife Moira [27-7-1916] was at Lordship Stud Cottages with two schooboys, Ralph HALL [10-7-1929] and Kenneth CLARK [10-3-1930] possibly evacuees. She married John POULTON in 1968). His parents were at 15 Stanley Road, Newmarket, father James E [30-10-1879] builder's labourer and mother Julia [28-8-1881], with 2 closed records.

His wife's mother, Emily TOMLIN, not only lost her husband James McManus but two brothers as well in WW1.
James McManus ... Albert TOMLIN... Sidney TOMLIN

William was killed in the fighting by Water Tower Hill. From "Battalion at War " by Michael Moore (page 39):-
Sniper fire in "D" Company's area was now becoming very dangerous and Capt. Hockey and Sgt.Bill Wade were posted as missing while trying to locate one particularly troublesome sniper. Heavy artillery concentrations had been put down in the area through which they had been searching and neither man had returned. "Pony" Moore was ordered to take a patrol out in an attempt to try and locate the two men but was unable to find them. Sgt.Wade's body was recovered two months later by a burial party, but Capt.Hockey's body was never found.

William was buried at Adam Park Camp and re-interred in Kranji on 29th May 1946.

map from "Battalion at War" - Michael Moore

photo from asiawargraves.com

photo:Commonwealth War Grave Commission

William is buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore Ref- 15.D.8
and is also commemorated on the Dullingham War Memorial

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details