Private Joseph Valentine Wade 1552 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters

Private Joseph Valentine Wade


11th Battalion

Sherwood Foresters


Joseph was born by Balderton in 1892.


Joseph’s dad was John Wade born in 1858 in Elston, in 1881 census John is described as a miller. In 1891 he is described as an agricultural labourer.

Joseph’s mum was Mary Wade (nee Topham) was born in Hamerton, Cambridgeshire in 1856, her dad Joseph was a wheelwright. In the census of 1881 her parents and family had moved to Long Bennington and Mary was working as a cook on a farm in Cropwell Butler.

John Wade married Mary Topham at All Saints church Elston on 10th August 1891.

Joseph Valentine Wade born in 1892 was probably named ‘Valentine’ after Mary’s dad Joseph and Mary’s younger brother Valentine.

In the census of 1901 John Wade is described as a Coal Merchant, Joseph V is now 8 years old and he has a younger brother George who is 6 years old and was born in Elston. Joseph Topham (Mary’s dad) is living with them in Elston).

In the census of 1911 we find that Joseph’s dad (John) aged 53 is farm labouring, Joseph’s brother George aged 16 is described as ‘farm hand’, and Joseph Valentine aged 18 is described as an ‘under gardener’ (at the Hall). We can also see in this census that John and Mary had 2 children and at the time of the census both children are still hale and hearty.

Interestingly at the time of his death the family may have moved to Mansfield.

We do not know when Joseph joined the 11th (Service) Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. We do know that this (11th) was his battalion. We know that the 11th was formed in Derby in September 1914. We know that the 11th Sherwood Foresters became part of 70 Brigade in the 23rd Division in III Corps, 4th Army.