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Isaac WADE

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Surname: WADE

Forename(s): Isaac

Place of Birth: Silsden, Yorkshire

Service No: 13931

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 5th Division

Age: 31

Date of Death: 1915-05-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 20.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Isaac Wade (born 14 June 1883) was the son of John and Sarah Ann Wade, née Colley. John was born at Silsden and Sarah at Leeds, Yorkshire.

1891 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 15, Albert Square - Isaac Wade, aged 7 years, born Silsden, son of John and Sarah Ann Wade.

1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 11, Albert Square - Isaac Wade, aged 26 years, born Silsden, son of John and Sarah Ann Wade.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Isaac Wade, 13931, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. Died 5.5.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Isaac Wade, 13931, 2nd W. Rid. R. K. in A. 5.5.15.

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WADE, Isaac, [Silsden], aged 31, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, killed near Hill 60 in May 1915.


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Private Isaac WADE

Private Isaac WADE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Division

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Surname: WADE

Forename(s): Isaac

Born: Silsden, Yorks

Residence: Silsden

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 13931

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 05/05/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: WADE

Forename(s): Isaac

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13931

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 31


Died Date: 05/05/1915

Additional Information: Son of John and S. A. Wade, of 11, Albert Square, Silsden, Keighley, Yorks.



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04 June 1915

WADE – Killed in action by gas poisoning on May 5th, Pte. Isaac Wade, 2nd Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs John Wade, Albert Square, Silsden.

04 June 1915


Mr. and Mrs. John Wade, of Albert Square, Silsden, received official intimation on Friday last concerning the death of their son, Private Isaac Wade, No. 11781, of the 2nd Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, which occurred on May 5th.

The communication, which was from the War Office, was to the effect that in a casualty list, which had reached that office, he was reported as having been killed in action by ‘gas poisoning.’ The sympathy of the Army Council was expressed with the relatives.

Information from private sources reached Silsden more than a fortnight ago to the effect that Private Wade had been killed in the vicinity of Hill 60. He is the second Silsden soldier to lose his life in action at the Front.

Private Wade, who was 32 years of age, enlisted last August. He had previously been in the Army, having joined before he was seventeen years of age. At the time of the Boer War he was drafted to Malta, where he stayed about twelve months.

11 June 1915


A memorial service in memory of the late Private Isaac Wade, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wade, of Albert Square, Silsden, who died on May 5th from the effects of gas poisoning, was held at the Silsden United Methodist Church on Sunday morning. There was a large congregation, including members of the family and sympathetic friends, and Mr. C. H. Fletcher (military representative at Silsden). The preacher was the Rev. Ruebin Key (pastor), who took for his text Romans viii., 28 verse, ‘All things work together for good.’

Mr. Key said if he thought those present believed or knew for a certainty that glorious truth, he would not bring it before them. One of the grandest experiences in life was to meet a man with years behind him: one grown grey in Christian service, who was sound in intellect and who could say ‘I know all things work together for good.' Why should it be the experience of the men of three score years and ten? Personally he wanted that truth and he wanted to find Christian people who possessed it. In order that that truth might be apparent it needed some exegesis. He asked what was the nature of the good to which all things worked? The material and the financial could not explain it, neither the social nor the intellectual. The best that could come to Christianised love had been God's inward and spiritual love. What Paul meant by “all things” was tribulation. They must ever be weaving blessings out of trial and grief, and evolving bliss. The lesson he wished the bereaved family to learn was that their son had given his life for the sake of a high and noble ideal, as had many other of the best young men of the country. They must remember the Master's words “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He trusted they loved God, and wanted them to learn that all things worked together for good. Even out of death God could bring good. They had seen families reunited by death. They must remember that God always took a long view. He always led them past the little gains and the temporary good, for the good that was most abiding.

At the close of the service the organist (Miss Mary Longbottom) played the ‘Dead March’ In Saul.

17 September 1915


On Sunday morning a memorial service was held at the Silsden Primitive Methodist Church in memory of the late Gunner Edward Lund, of the 90th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, who died from wounds sustained at the Dardanelles. Gunner Lund, who formerly resided at 67, Bolton Road, Silsden, was wounded on August 10th, and died in No. 15, General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, on the 17th of August. There was a good congregation which included a number of deceased’s relatives, Mr. C.H. Fletcher (military representative at Silsden), and Privates J. Brear, J. Bond, J. Gill, T. Hardcastle, Sheldon, junr., Sheldon, sen., Whiteoak, W. Summerscales, C. Summerscales, J. Inman, W. Clarkson, W. Tillotson, Calvert, Locker and Atkinson, of the various West Riding Regiments who were home on leave.

Rev. Wm. Dickinson (pastor) during the service said he was sure he voiced the feelings of the members of the congregation when he said it was with deep regret that they had received the sad intelligence during the last few days of three of their townsmen who had died on the battlefield. They were all exceedingly sorry to hear of the death of Gunner Edward Lund, who died as a result of receiving severe gun shot wounds. Gunner Lund was associated with that Church, and they sympathised with his relatives and friends and prayed that they might be comforted in that their time of great sorrow. He, with others, had laid down his life for his King and Country. There was now a loss of seven brave men from Silsden who had given their lives for the defence of our home and country. The first one was Private Harold Snoddin, [Snowden] who was killed on guard duty, and then followed Private Ben Hodgson, Private Isaac Wade, Private Rhodes Spence, who died on the field in Flanders, and now they had in addition to Gunner Edward Lund, the loss of Private Ernest Hustwick and Private Wm. Gill. The above had been either killed in action or died of wounds. The latter three had been at the Dardanelles. And in addition to those whom they knew who had gone from that little town of Silsden, we had very many brave men who had laid down their lives for King and Country. Some had found a grave in the waters of the great deep, and there could be no marked places as to where they had gone down, and many were laid in unknown graves on the Gallipoli Peninsula, and also on the fields of Flanders. We were thankful for their devoted and self-sacrificing services, and very gratefully paid honourable homage to them as true warriors for their King and for their country.

The hymns, ‘Jesus lover of my soul,’ ‘Just as I am,’ ‘Rock of ages,’ and ‘O God our help in ages past,’ were sung, and the choir sang the anthem ‘Pass thy burden upon the Lord.’ At the close of the service the organist (Mr. Bernard Longbottom) played the ‘Dead March,’ while the congregation remained standing.

24 December 1915


Information has been received of the death of Private Nelson Holmes, of the 6th West Riding Regiment, and son of Mr. Timothy Holmes, of 67, Aire View, Silsden, which took place on the Western Front on December 14th. Second-Lieut. F. Longdon Smith, in a letter received by his father on Monday, states:– “I am very sorry to have to write and tell you that your son Private N. Holmes, of D Company, 6th West Riding Regiment was killed about noon on the day of December 14th. He was on periscope duty at the time, and was fixing his periscope, and must have exposed himself for a second or two and was shot in the head by a sniper. He lived for a few minutes and the stretcher-bearer dressed his wound, but he was never conscious, and from the first we knew there was no hope. On behalf of the Officers, N.C.O.’s and men, I wish to express to you my deepest sympathy in your great loss. Since your son joined us out here he has always shown plenty of pluck and fearlessness, and we are all sorry to lose him.”

Private Holmes, who was only eighteen years of age on the 14th of July last, enlisted on the first day of December of last year. He served a period of training at Skipton, Derby, Doncaster, York, and Thorseby Park, leaving the latter place along with about half-a-dozen Silsden soldiers to go to the Front at the end of June last.

Private Holmes has a brother serving in the same regiment, he going out to the Front along with him. The deceased was a former member of the 1st Silsden Troop of Boy Scouts. This makes the ninth Silsden soldier who has given his life for his country.

The names of the remaining eight are Private Harold Snowden, Private Ben Hodgson, Private Isaac Wade, Private Rhodes Spence, Private W. Gill, Private Ernest Hustwick, Gunner Edward Lund, and Private Jobey Faulkner.

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21 May 1915


Though it has not been officially reported, news of the death at the Front of another Silsden soldier, in the person of Private Isaac Wade of the 2nd Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, was received on Friday morning last in Silsden. The sad news came in a letter from Private Mark Craven, another Silsden soldier in the same regiment, to his parents, which was as follows:– “I am awfully sorry to tell you that Isaac Wade has gone under, and he is buried close to Hill 60. So you can kindly break the news to his parents. His pal is missing.”

Private Wade resided with his parents at Albert Square, Silsden. He was unmarried and only reached the age of 31. He previously served three years in the militia, during the time of the Boer War, and was stationed at Malta for months while the war was on. He was also stationed at Chatham, when the funeral took place of the late Queen Victoria. He enlisted for the present war three weeks after it had begun, and after a few months’ training was ordered to the Front about two months ago, at which time he visited his parents prior to leaving. His parents and all connected with him are hoping that some mistake has been made by the writer of the letter, as no official communication of the news of his death has been received by them.

04 June 1915


Official news was received on Friday last from the War Office, by Mr. and Mrs. Wade of Albert Square, Silsden, which stated that Private Isaac Wade of the 2nd Duke of Wellington’s Regiment was poisoned by gas on May 5th. As we reported a fortnight ago, the deceased had only reached the age of 31. He obeyed his country’s call three weeks after the war began, being amongst the first batch which enlisted from Silsden, and after a few months’ training, was ordered out to the Front, and after two months in the trenches he met his death as stated above. This is the second Silsden soldier who has lost his life at the Front during the war.

24 December 1915


Pte. Isaac Wade, 2nd Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, killed near Hill 60 in May. Before enlisting resided with his parents in Albert Square, Silsden. Single man, and 31 years of age.

28 July 1916


Since the war commenced Silsden has lost fourteen of her gallant fighting sons while serving their King and Country. Their names are:–Pte. Ben Hodgson, Pte. Rhodes Spence, Pte. Isaac Wade, Pte. J. Faulkner, Pte. Nelson Holmes, Gunner Edward Lund, Pte. Ernest Hustwick, Pte. Wm. Gill, Pte. Harold Snoddin [Snowden] (killed on the railway while on guard duty in the country), Pte. Thomas Stanley Wrigglesworth, Pte. John Gill, Sergt. John Baldwin, Pte. Robt. Reed, and Pte. Herbert Harper.

05 January 1917


An intercession and memorial service for the fallen heroes in the war was held at the Silsden Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday evening last. There was a large congregation, and the officiating minister was Rev. Wm. Dickinson (pastor). During the service the hymns 'O God our help in ages past,’ ‘Lord God of hosts, Whose Almighty hand,’ ‘God the all terrible! King Who ordainest,’ and ‘When wilt Thou save the people’ were sung. Miss Clara Fortune also ably sang the solo ‘O rest in the Lord,’ and at the close of the service the organist (Mr. Bernard Longbottom) played the ‘Dead march’ in ‘Saul,’ and the National Anthem was sung.


Preaching from the text Psalm 46, 9th verse, ‘He maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the earth,’ Mr. Dickinson said it seemed almost superfluous to say in this sad day in which we lived that war was a serious and harmful thing. It was, however, a great outstanding fact. When they looked at the expense even in times of peace, when nations made preparations for war, it was even then a great expense, but in days of actual warfare as to-day, when the nation was spending at least £5,000,000 a day, then it was that they were reminded that war was a serious thing from a financial point of view. They tried to have dreams or visions as to what would have been done with that money for philanthropic purposes and for the social amelioration of the people of this country, but the country had put those dreams or visions in the back ground. Then we had the cruelty of it, and the passions that it excited. It marched to hunger and thirst and wounds and death. Then we had the bereavements. Children were made orphans, women were made widows, and parents mourned over children and many were left childless. Then we also had the deplorable feelings produced by war, feeling of revenge, feelings that produced quarrelsomeness, a desire for power and an unholy lust of ambition. That was seen by the works of the great Napoleon, and also by the Kaiser and the Prussian War Lords. The question that now forced itself to the front was ‘Is all war morally wrong?’ We had a very high ideal, and we believed that war was all wrong. They read in the Old Book that David was not allowed to build the temple of the Lord because his hands had been stained by blood, and he was spoken of as a man of war. But, in these days we had to look at actual facts. What was the actual state today? When one side would prepare for war and was determined to declare war, what then could we do? That great poet in Russia called Tolstoy preached the doctrine of being passive, but when we came to think of it, could we be passive? If our homes were to be destroyed and our wives and children to be taken from us, could we be passive? Did it not arouse within us that spirit of manhood that we must assert ourselves and that we must fight? If we were not prepared to do that, all he could think was that we were cowards. They ought to bury their heads and be ashamed of themselves. In days of peace with one breath they would denounce all war, and yet in the very next breath they would ask the question why the Congo atrocities were not stopped even if force were necessary. To-day they looked upon a devastated Serbia, Montenegro, Belgium, and alas Roumania, and they came to the conclusion that there were worse things than war – Armenia and the Congo, and the slavery of the South Americans; and what would have been the slavery of Europe had it not been for the call to arms in a cause that was just and righteous?


If it were not for that conviction that the cause for which they were at war was just and righteous, many of them would have failed to preach, to pray, or to look to God. But, it was that which gave them strength that they looked to him Who was the present help and refuge in their trouble. In their fight against war whom should they attack? Often in the past the attack was made upon the soldier. They could not do that to-day as far as this country war concerned. They had a great civilian army, and they were fighting for freedom, for righteousness, and for justice. They never wanted to be soldiers, they never wanted to fight, but the call had come and they could do no other. Who made war, and why should there be war? Not the soldier. In the days that were gone, it was more the civilian than the soldier, the civilian because he was represented by his Parliament and that Parliament as the representative of the civilian often made war, because the lust for power and the lust for gold had got hold of them. Then in the commercial world, amongst what was known as the ruling classes, there was generally speaking a disposition to make war because there was the old saying that trade followed the flag. The soldier fought because he was ordered to do. It was neither Roberts, Kitchener, nor Buller who made the Boer War. If anybody made it, it was Kruger, Milner, and Chamberlain, and it was made because they had greed for power, and an unholy ambition and wish for gold. If they went back through the pages of history, they would find that that was the source of war as far as this country was concerned. He had come to the conclusion that the man who shouted for war had an axe to grind. The man who shouted for war ought to be made to go and face the music and not to send others. What did soldiery stand for? Generally speaking it stood for the aggressive, the quarrelsome, the brute force. They could not say that of the civilian army that had been raised by this country. They were not aggressive, they were not quarrelsome, and neither could they say that they were asserting brute force. He was sorry to have to say it of the Central Powers where conscription had been reigning for so many years. It was the brute force and the aggressive power that they would have to abolish. But when they had said that, they were bound to come to the conclusion that


The soldier side by side with the doctor stood to give his life for his country and that was a great deal. He would advise anyone to pause before he sneered at a soldier. He stood between them and the enemy, and if it had not been for the brave men who had stood thus, where would they have been to-day? They had no words too high in their commendation and admiration and love for the civilians of this Empire, who had stood between them and the enemy in this time of crisis. The question came to each one of them what was their position and what were they doing in the national crisis that was before them, and still after all they came to the conclusion that the soldier's life as they saw it to-day was a regrettable necessity, that all those brave men should have to shoulder the musket and defend our shores and fight for the freedom, righteousness, and justice of a cause that none of them disputed. They regretted in this the 20th century that such a thing should have happened. It ought not to have come to pass, and it never would have come to pass if the great Central Powers of Europe had taken heed of the sayings of Christ, and had seen His crucified hands instead of the mailed fist, and if they had listened to His beatitudes instead of the philosophy of the German teachers. How were they to lessen those evils? They must attack the root, that lust for power, that quarrelsome spirit, and that unholy ambition that had dominated the great Central Powers. How were they to attack the root? By educating the people for peace at the proper time, and that perhaps was not just yet. It was an easy matter to give descriptions of the horrors of war, to speak of its abominations, and even to denounce statesmen and people who sanctioned war, but how few people there were who searched for methods by means of which war could be put down and destroyed. When the history of the war and the part which the British Empire had taken in it came to be written – he was not a prophet or the son of a prophet – he ventured to say that the writer would pay a fine testimony to the ex-Foreign Minister of this country (Sir Edward Grey) who night and day at the beginning or before the declaration of war strove with all the brain power he had, and with every ounce of strength, he could put in, to avert this great catastrophe. If to-day he was in the back ground, he would looked upon as one of the finest statesmen this country ever had. On what lines were they to educate people for peace? There was a form of Government not only to arrest this demon war, but to bind him in chains. What was it? A cosmopolitan administration or a great Federal Government of the world. They might be dreamers, but certainly there would come a day either in London, Paris, or New York, when there would be a great Federal Government, and that Government would help them to the day when wars would cease.


Proceeding, Mr. Dickinson said he was sure he was voicing the feelings of all present when he said they sympathised very deeply with the families of Pte. Percy Kellett and Lance-Corpl. T.C. Green, both of whom were in hospital suffering from wounds. They prayed for their speedy recovery, and also that their parents and relatives might he comforted. Then they had Ptes. Bernard Locker and Gannett Longbottom, who were reported as missing, and it was hoped that before long good news would be heard of them. They had to add two other names – Pte. Dan Faulkner and Gunner W.H. Sutcliffe, both of whom had been killed in action – to their list of fallen who had been intimately associated with their church and Sunday-school. Mr. Dickinson then read a list of Silsden soldiers who had died serving their King and Country. They were as follows:– Pte. Harold Snoddin [Snowden], Pte. B. Hodgson, Pte. I. Wade, Pte. R. Spence, Pte. E. Hustwick, Gunner E. Lund, Pte. W. Gill, Pte. J. Faulkner, Pte. N. Holmes, Pte. R. Read, Pte. J. Gill, Pte. S. Wrigglesworth, Sergt. J. Baldwin, Sergt. R. Hill, Pte. Wm. Richmond, Pte. W.H. Teale, Corpl. F. Taylor, Pte. H. Harper, Pte. D. Faulkner, and Gunner W.H.Sutcliffe.

Mr. Dickinson also read the church's roll of honour, which comprised 110 names.

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