Oswald Carver Wade was born in 1888, the son of Walter and Ann, nee Carver.Ann died in 1894 aged 48 years and by1911 the family had moved to from their home at 1 Forster Place, Bradford to 21 Norman Drive, Eccleshill and at 22 years of age Oswald was working as a shoddy sample man in a wool warehouse.He enlisted on the 26th October 1915 in the 3/2nd West Riding Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery as Private 3607. This brigade was a third line reinforcement for the 2/2nd West Riding Brigade. Initially raised in Bradford it never served overseas
as it was a reserve for the first two brigades. Third line recruits often went into existing units and Oswald eventually became Bombardier 781494 in the Royal Field Artillery.His unit served in Macedonia throughout 1916/17/18 and on the 9th July 1918 Oswald was admitted to hospital suffering from diarrhoea before being discharged on the 10th. His records show that he had two years and four months service and had been in the field for one year and seven months as part of the 81st Battalion of the Small Arms Unit.
Oswald died on the 29th of August 1920 in Bradford when he was 32 years of age. It is quite possible that he had continued to suffer from bouts of dysentery contracted in Macedonia although he may have been wounded in action during the Battle of Monastir-Doiron in the Balkans in September 1918.Mention of his passing is recorded in the Eccleshill Parish Magazine for October 1920 under the heading In Memoriam. “Oswald Wade, one of our sidesmen before the war and retained on the list through the period of his service and through his long illness.
Oswald passed to rest on August 29th. All through that long and trying illness his faith was strong and his courage high. Now he has been called to the higher service and the sympathy of the Christian brotherhood is extended to those who, with human hearts, mourn the loss of a true Christian man”.In his will which was probated in London on the 2nd October 1920 Oscar left his effects of £645.10.5d to Norman Franklin Broxholme, an administration assistant at the Air Ministry. He does not appear to have received a War Gratuity.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks