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Arthur Francis ADAMS

Regimental number1806
Date of birth26 June 1890
Place of birthPatersonia near Launceston, Tasmania
SchoolPatersonia State School, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMills Reef, South Bruny, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, John George Adams, Mills Reef, South Bruny, Tasmania
Enlistment date12 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 19 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct and leadership at Meteren on 23 April 1918.'
Recommendation date: 3 May 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of broncho-pneumonia in a London Hospital.
FateDied of disease 7 December 1918
Age at death29
Place of burialEtaples Military Cemetery (Plot XLVII, Row C, Grave No 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct and leadership at METEREN on the 23rd April, 1918. Sergeant ADAMS led his platoon with great ability in attempting to mop up the village during the assault after his platoon commander had been wounded. He succeeded in keeping his men together and checked any inclination to retire in the face of a withering machine gun fire. By means of well-directed covering fire he was able to assist in the recovery of many of the wounded out in front. His leadership was splendid and his example had a great effect on his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connections1821 Pte Frederick Norman CRAIG MM, 12th Bn, killed in action, 24 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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