WADE James Kears

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 [1] and commemorated on West Auckland War Memorial.

Family Details

James Kears Wade was born 1922,[2] the son of James and Annie Wade [nee Jackson] who were married in 1920.[3] In 1911, 19 years old James [senior] lived with his parents at Diamond Terrace, West Auckland where he worked as a coal miner.[4] 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.[5]

Service Details

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 [6] therefore it is presumed that he was still in military service at the time.

Burial [7]

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


[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] England & Wales Birth Index 1916-2007 Vol.10a p.449 1922Q4 Auckland

[3] England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005 Vol.10a p.567 1920Q2 Auckland

[4] 1911 census

[5] 1939 England & Wales Register

[6] England & Wales Death Index 1916-2007 Vol.2a p.569 1945Q3 Surrey South Eastern

[7] CWGC