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John ADAMS

Regimental number255
Date of birth26 September 1890
Place of birthCombe Florey near Taunton, Somersetshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationValet
Addressc/o Mrs S Craddock, Dulcie, Lugar Brae Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs John Adams,Westhay, Shopwick near Bridgewater, Somerset, England
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165
Date: 24 October 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and brilliant leadership at Peronne, 1st and 2nd September 1918. When the company on his right was suffering heavily the commander being killed, he took charge of the situation, reconnoitred, and found a weakness, and then personally led a successful assault. Crossing the river, he dealt with considerable opposition, establishing a line and insuring touch with the units of the flanks. He was severely wounded during the consolidation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date29 April 1921
Other details

Medals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Fought in the Battle of Lone Pine, Gallipoli, and Polygon Wood, France, where he received eye and head injuries.

Appointed Corporal, 24 July 1915; Sergeant, 22 January 1916; 2nd Lieutenant, 2 August 1916; Lieutenant, 26 December 1916. Wounded, 2 September 1918.

He married Barbara Stuart in England and returned to Sydney in 1927. Tried to enlist in World War II but due to war injuries was unable. He worked in a Sydney munitions factory as his contribution to the war effort.

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Date of death21 June 1981
Age at death90.9
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Memorial Gardens, North Ryde, New South Wales

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