Percy Arnold ADAMS


ADAMS, Percy Arnold

Service Number: 817
Enlisted: 26 February 1915, Hobart, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Patersonia near Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Alonnah, Kingborough, Tasmania
Schooling: Patersonia State School,Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 24 May 1916
Cemetery: Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension
Plot 1, Row J, Grave 24 Rev. R.H. Pitt-Owen officiated, Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension, Erquinghem-Lys, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bruny Roll of Honour, Nunamara War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

26 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Hobart, Tasmania
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 817, 26th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 817, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
Date unknown: Involvement 26th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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26 Battalion

Rank - Private

Percy Arnold Adams was under age when he enlisted. His father, John Adams, signed a letter with an 'X' giving Percy consent to enlisted.


Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His father John George Adams entered the following on his roll of honour form.

“Enlisted from Bruny Island in early 1915, and left Tasmania on May 15 1915. Landed at Gallipoli in September 1915, and served there until the evacuation. Died of wounds received in battle ‘Somewhere in France’ on May 24, 1916, the first Bruny soldier to nobly lay down his life for the Empire. Resided at Alonnah for about 18 years. Friend and mate of Corporal Thomas Vincent DWYER M.M. 4th Machine-Gun Battalion.”

Private Adams’ brother, 1806 Sergeant Arthur Francis Adams M.M., 12th Battalion served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front and died of bronchopneumonia on 7 December 1918.