Charles ADAMS

Regimental number2780
Place of birthNungarin, Western Australia
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
SchoolPrivate tuition at his home.
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNortham, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 8.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Adams, Northam, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 June 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Date of death8 October 1917
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents; Charles Frederick and Jane Swain ADAMS, Nungarin, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 2 September 1915.

Admitted to hospital, Heliopolis, 11 October 1915.

Taken on strength, 10th Bn, Mudros, 25 November 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 3 April 1916.

Admitted to casualty clearing station (Sciatica), France, 6 March 1917; admitted to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 11 March 1917; embarked Havre for treatment in England, 16 March 1917; admitted to Voluntary Aid Hospital (Myalgia, severe), Exeter, 17 March 1917; discharged to furlough, 10 April 1917; marched in from furlough, 1st Command Depot, Perham Downs, 5 May 1917.

Embarked Southampton to rejoin unit in the field, 22 May 1917; marched in, 1st Australian Divisional Depot, Havre, 23 May 1917; marched out to rejoin unit in the field, 13 June 1917; rejoined unit, France, 15 June 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 8 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAMS Charles