Charles Edwin ADAMS


ADAMS, Charles Edwin

Service Number: 2780
Enlisted: 4 June 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 1885
Home Town: Northam, Northam, Western Australia
Schooling: Private Home Schooling
Occupation: Farmer, Horsebreaker
Died: Killed In Action, Celtic Wood, Belgium, 9 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

4 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
2 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2780, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Anchises embarkation_ship_number: A68 public_note: ''
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2780, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2780, 10th Infantry Battalion, Raid on Celtic Wood

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Raid on Celtic Wood 

Private Adams was in the field with D Company which bolstered C Company’s numbers for the raid. Since there was no requirement for a Court of Inquiry or a need for the Red Cross to carry out enquires into his fate, one or more witnesses must have seen him killed or at least sighted his body. The above factors, when linked to a lack of evidence to show he was killed on Broodseinde Ridge, such as a witness to his burial, and the fact that the CO signed the Field Return stating explicitly, that like Scott and most of the confirmed raiders, he was killed on 8 October all indicate he was a raider.