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William George ADAMS

Regimental number20721
Place of birthBrighton England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinFather, Mrs Lydia Adams, 'Cressing', Stanley Street, Randwick, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 July 1917
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameOctober 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Canberra on 16 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on several occasions. When his battalion was moving up to support the front line, through a heavy barrage, his control and leadership averted many casualties. After digging in, he went forward and found another company being surrounded by the enemy; he extricated them, and held a position further back for two hours against heavy odds. His courage and judgment throughout the operations were beyond praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went forward and made a personal reconnaissance. During an enemy counter attack, when the troops on his left fell back, he moved his company forward under a heavy barrage to a position where they protected the withdrawal and reorganized them to a defensive line which eventually checked and localized the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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