Service Number: 4977
Enlisted: 28 December 1916, Enlisted at Tamworth, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hawera, New Plymouth, New Zealand., May 1894
Home Town: Tamworth, Tamworth Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Hawera Catholic School, New Zealand
Occupation: Jockey
Died: Bronchial Pneumonia, Military Hosptial, Tidworth, United Kingdom, 11 March 1919
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4977, 30th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Tamworth, NSW
10 May 1917: Involvement Private, 4977, 30th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Marathon embarkation_ship_number: A74 public_note: ''
10 May 1917: Embarked Private, 4977, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 21 and the son of John and Maud Adams, of 302, Manchester St., Christchurch.

Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Arrived in Australia aged 19 years. When living in New Zealand he resided with his parent at'Hawera', Wilson Street, Taranaki, NZ

Previously served in the NZ Territorial Forces

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 11th March.... Private John Adams was born at Hawera, New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1897. He came to Australia when he was 19 years old & enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 28th December, 1916 as a 22 year old Jockey from Tamworth, New South Wales.

Private John Adams was transferred to Milson Island on 26th January, 1917 with V.D. then returned to Camp at Liverpool, Sydney, NSW on 21st April, 1917.
Private John Adams embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Marathon (A74) on 10th May, 1917 with the 30th Infantry Battalion, 14th Reinforcements & disembarked at Devonport, England on 20th July, 1917. He was written up twice for Gambling while at Sea & forfeited 4 days’ pay for the first offence then 168 hours Detention for the second offence.

Private Adams was posted to 8th Training Battalion at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 20th July, 1917 from Australia. He was hospitalised on 10th August, 1917 for 2 days then again on 17th October, 1917 for 2 days again.

Private Adams was transferred to 14th Training Battalion at Codford, Wiltshire on 5th November, 1917 from 8th Training Battalion.

Private John Adams proceeded overseas to France on 14th November, 1917 & joined 30th Battalion from Reinforcements on 29th November, 1917.

Private Adams was sent to Hospital on 7th December, 1917 with frost bite to toes. He was transferred to England on Hospital Ship Newhaven on 7th January, 1918 & admitted to St. Michael’s Annex, Queen’s Park Auxiliary Hospital, Birchington, Kent (affiliated with Shorncliffe Military Hospital) on 7th January, 1918 with Frost Bite to Toes (both feet). He was transferred & admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, Kent on 21st February, 1918. Private Adams was discharged to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 25th February, 1918.

Private Adams proceeded back to France on 30th May, 1918 but was medically classified as B3 & returned to England where he was posted to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, Dorset, England on 25th June, 1918 from France.

Private Adams was transferred to No. 4 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 5th July, 1918 from No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth. He was admitted to Camp Isolation Hospital, Hurdcott with Scabies on 22nd July, 1918 & discharged on 29th July, 1918.
Private John Adams was Absent without Leave from 31st August, 1918. He returned 2nd September, 1918.

Private John Adams was written up for an offence on 31st August, 1918 while posted at Hurdcott – “Neglecting to obey orders re Bounds”. He forfeited 8 days’ pay.

Private John Adams was admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, Wiltshire on 3rd December, 1918 with V.D. He was discharged to Convalescent Training Depot at Parkhouse, Wiltshire on 13th February, 1919.

Private John Adams was admitted to No. 3 G. C. Parkhouse on 27th February, 1919 with Dermatitis. He was transferred to Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire on 7th March, 1919 with Broncho Pneumonia. The Hospital Admissions form reported “very ill on admission…had bronchitis throughout ….early delirium set in & his condition quickly got worse….” He was reported to be dangerously ill at Delhi Hospital on 9th March, 1919.

Private John Adams died at 16.00 hours on 10th March, 1919 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Broncho Pneumonia.

Private John Adams was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)