b. 1881 Stamford, Lincolnshire. d. 1964 Surrey.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 16/06/1917 Becquincourt, France.
Charles was one of ten children born to Alfred and Elizabeth Wade, and grew up in Stamford, Lincolnshire. When he was young, the family moved north to Sunderland, where he became a bricklayer. He enlisted the Durham Light Infantry in 1916 and was sent to the 2nd/9th Battalion of the DLI and was attached to the 88th Company of the Labour Corps when he did his “heroic act.” Following the end of the Great War, he lived back in Sunderland with his wife Mary (nee McKenzie) whom he had married in 1915.
On the 16th June, 1917, a party of men were loading trucks alongside an ammunition dump. The ammunition ignited and began to explode in all directions. The men rushed for shelter, but one of them was caught in the trucks. Lieutenant Wade at once ran forward into the blazing ammunition and released the man, and then called for volunteers to save the trucks which, with, their assistance, he succeeded in doing.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD.