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Charles Henry ADAMS

Regimental number3722
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
Address'Dalkey', Edward Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gertrude Adams, John Street, Thursday Island, Queensland
Enlistment date28 February 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name53rd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 2 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollABD
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)


Recommendation date: 5 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations near BELLICOURT between 30th September and 2nd October 1918 this N.C.O. displayed great personal bravery and powers of leadership. Early in the attack his Platoon commander was killed and he at once assumed command and continued the advance handling his platoon in a most skilful manner. He several times organised and personally led bombing parties against enemy Strong Posts. On one occasion, noticing a German counter attack coming from a flank, Sergeant ADAMS collected his platoon and charged out into the open causing the enemy to turn and run after suffering several casualties. Throughout the whole operation he rendered the greatest assistance to his Company Commander and set the finest possible example to the men of his platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee 1703 Charles Henry ADAMS for first period of enlistment

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