Portrait of Edward Wade

Name: Edward Wade

Burial Number: 0708

Gender: Male

Occupation: First Assistant Traffic Superintendent; Accountant and Assistant General Manager of the Government Railways, Ceylon

Born: 14/02/1867

Died: 25/03/1913

Buried: 28/03/1913


Edward was born in Monkstown, Dublin, to Gustavus Rochfort Wade, 48yrs, Solicitor, and Mary, 36yrs, nee Mayne, on 14th February 1867 who were married in 1856 at St. Peter’s, Dublin, by the father of the bride, Rev. Edward Mayne, of Co. Monaghan.

Edward was one of 12 children, 8 boys (1 died in infancy), and 4 sisters, one of whom was his twin, Kathleen Alice, and he was the fifth son, 2 of his brothers took Holy Orders.

Edward trained at the Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill, and on the North Eastern Railway. He was appointed to the Survey Department of the Government of Ceylon in 1890, later transferring to the Railway Department where he became first Assistant Traffic Superintendent and afterwards Accountant and Assistant General Manager of the Government Railways. In 1893 Edward was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He retired in 1910 and returned to Britain, Edward never married.

In 1911 Edward was with his brother, Reverend Sedborough Mayne Wade, at the vicarage in Ticehurst, Sussex. He then took up residence at Faircroft, Heene Road, Worthing, where he died, aged 46yrs,  on 25th March 1913. Probate was granted to his brothers, Gustavus Adolph, Esquire, and Rev. Sedborough Mayne Wade. Effects £5586 9s 5d. Value 2020 – £648K.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 5 Plot: 13

Exact Location (what3words): towers.export.gossip

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Edward Hyde Robert Wybrants Wade of Faircroft, Worthing formerly of Ceylon. Fifth son of the late Gustavus Rochfort Wade of Dublin born 14th February 1869 died 25th March 1913 "them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him" "With deep sympathy from the staff of the Accountant' Dept. Government Railway Ceylon"

Further Information


Name: Edward Hyde Robert Wybrants Wade

Gender: Male

Born: 14/02/1867

Town: Dublin

County: Leinster

Country: Ireland


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 25/03/1913

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Faircroft

Address line 3: Heene Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £5586 9 s 5 d

Current value of effects: £648000

Census Information


Living at The Vicarage, Ticehurst, Sussex. Sedborough M. Wade, 48yrs, Clerk in Holy Orders, Est. Church., wife, Louisa, 56yrs, brother, Edward Hyde Robert Wybrants Wade, 44yrs, Retired Assistant General Manager & Acountant, plus 2 domestic servants.

Miscellaneous Information

Membership of The Institute of Civil Engineers document signed by Edward Hyde Robert Wybrants Wade

Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon

 Extract from 20th Century Impressions of Ceylon.

Edward Hyde Robert Wybrants Wade was born at Monkstown, near Dublin, on February 14th1867. He is the son of the late Mr. Gustavus Rochfort Wade, a Dublin solicitor, and a descendant of Field-Marshal Wade, who was Commander-in-Chief of the British Army from 1745 to 1748. After obtaining his early education at a private establishment near Liverpool, Mr. E.H.R.W. Wade passed to Reading School, and subsequently underwent a three years’ course of study at the Royal Indian Engineering College, Cooper’s Hill, obtaining his diploma in 1888. Having received further technical training at the North Eastern Railway Company’s Works at Gateshead-on-Tyne, under Mr. T. W. Worsdell, then Chief Mechanical Engineer of the company. Mr. Wade was, in June 1890, appointed Assistant Surveyor in the Ceylon Government Survey Department. He arrived in Ceylon on July 17th, 1890 and entered upon his duties. These he performed so satisfactorily that in the following year Mr. Wade was appointed a District Surveyor. Zealous service in this position was rewarded by further promotion, and on June 7th, 1894 he became Assistant Traffic Superintendent of the Ceylon Government Railway. He acted several times as Traffic Superintendent and as Assistant General Manager and Accountant and was confirmed in the latter appointment on February 1st, 1906.