John ADAMS MID, MC*

ADAMS, John

Service Numbers: 255, 256
Enlisted: 18 September 1914, Enlisted at Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Combe Florey, Taunton, Somersetshire, England, 26 September 1890
Home Town: Waverley, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Valet
Died: New South Wales, Australia, 21 June 1981, aged 90 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
North Terrace, Garden 51
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 255, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Sydney, NSW
18 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 256, 2nd Infantry Battalion
18 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 256, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
17 Nov 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 2nd Infantry Battalion, At Gallipoli
18 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2nd Infantry Battalion, At Tel-el-Kebir
16 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 54th Infantry Battalion, From 2nd Battalion
2 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 54th Infantry Battalion, In France
26 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 54th Infantry Battalion, In France
27 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Wound to the left shoulder and right hip
4 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 54th Infantry Battalion, Remained on duty
4 Oct 1917: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, London Gazette on 1 June 1917, page 5423, position 18 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 4 October 1917, page 2624, position 158
3 Jun 1918: Honoured Military Cross and bar, Military Cross:- London Gazette on 3 June 1918, page 6473, position 1 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 7 November 1918, page 2111, position 19 Bar to Military Cross London Gazette on 1 February 1919, page 1635, position 1 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 3 June 1919, page 944, position 10 For conspicuous gallantry and brilliant leadership at Peronne, 1st and 2nd September 1918. When the company on his right was suffering heavily the commander being killed, he took charge of the situation, reconnoitred, and found a weakness, and then personally led a successful assault. Crossing the river, he dealt with considerable opposition, establishing a line and insuring touch with the units of the flanks. He was severely wounded during the consolidation
6 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 54th Infantry Battalion, Gunshot wound to the left thigh fracturing the femur. Invalided to England on the 15 September 1918
11 Oct 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 56th Infantry Battalion, From 54th Battalion
29 Apr 1921: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 56th Infantry Battalion, Discharged at 2nd Military District

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of John and Matilda Adams of Westhay, Shopwick, Somerset, England

Husband of Barbara Adams nee Stuart. John and Barbara married in England 

 Medals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, Mentioned in Despatches, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal