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Harold John ADAMS

Regimental number2560
Place of birthCookernup, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCookernup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9.5"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Miss C. Adams, Cookernup, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'In the HINDENBURG LINE near BULLECOURT, FRANCE on the 6th May 1917. The enemy having driven our men down trench (O.G.1) a counter-attack was organised in old communication trench between O.G.1 and O.G.2 Sergeant ADAMS led the bombing attack and by his skill and leadership the enemy were driven back to their original position. The coolness, courage, and presence of mind displayed by Sgt. ADAMS set an example to the men.'
Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Date of death29 May 1926
Age at death34
Place of burialCookernup Cemetery, Western Australia
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parnets: John and Elizabeth ADAMS. Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance.

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Discharge date2 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Departed 1st Training Bn, Zietoun, 21 October 1915, to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign).

Taken on strength of 11th Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 12 December 1915, and reverts to the rank of Private the same day.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 31 July 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 1 August 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 7 September 1916.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 1 March 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 12 May 1917.

Proceeded to England for duty, 29 September 1917; marched into 3rd Training Bn, Qurrington, 3 October 1917.

On Command at Musketry School, Kandahar Barracks, Tidworth, 22 October 1917; rejoined 3rd Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 7 November 1918.

Marched into 2nd Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 8 November 1917.

On Command at P.T. & B.F. School, Devonport, 10 December 1917; rejoined 2nd Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 22 December 1917.

Married Frances Emily COLLETT, St Mark's Church, Hoal Park, 23 December 1917.

On Command at P.T. & B.F. Course, Aldershot, 28 January 1918; rejoined 2nd Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 24 February 1918.

Marched into 1st Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 25 April 1918.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 4 June 1918.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 September 1918 (Class A3).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Konigin Luise', 21 June 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 2 August 1919; discharged Perth (termination of period of enlistment), 2 October 1919.

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

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death29 May 1926
Age at death34
Place of burialCookernup Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAMS Harold John

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