James Kears WADE 1922 – 1945
14311839 Lance Corporal James Kears Wade, Royal Engineers died 4 September 1945, aged 22. He is buried at West Auckland cemetery  and commemorated on West Auckland War Memorial.
James Kears Wade was born 1922, the son of James and Annie Wade [nee Jackson] who were married in 1920. In 1911, 19 years old James [senior] lived with his parents at Diamond Terrace, West Auckland where he worked as a coal miner. In 1939, James and Annie lived at Spring Gardens, West Auckland with their children Marjorie, Edward, Thomas, Joan and possibly 3 others [records officially closed]. At this time James [senior] worked as a joiners’ labourer. James [junior] was not recorded as living here.
The service record of Lance Corporal James K. Wade has not been researched and the circumstances surrounding his death remain unknown. His death was registered in Surrey  therefore it is presumed that he was still in military service at the time.
Lance Corporal James Kears Wade is buried at grave reference F.79, West Auckland cemetery. His headstone bears the following epitaph:
Always a Beautiful Memory
Often a Silent Tear
Many a Secret Longing
Wishing You Were Here
REFERENCES Commonwealth War Graves Commission
 England & Wales Birth Index 1916-2007 Vol.10a p.449 1922Q4 Auckland
 England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005 Vol.10a p.567 1920Q2 Auckland
 1911 census
 1939 England & Wales Register
 England & Wales Death Index 1916-2007 Vol.2a p.569 1945Q3 Surrey South Eastern