Edgar Robert Colbeck ADAMS

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ADAMS, Edgar Robert Colbeck

Service Numbers: 1127, 1108
Enlisted: 16 September 1914, Mildura, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mildura, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Mildura, Mildura Shire, Victoria
Schooling: Koorlong School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Suveyor and Engineer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Mildura Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1127, 8th Infantry Battalion, Mildura, Vic.
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, SN 1108, 8th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, SN 1108, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Imprisoned 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Court of Enquiry 11 July 1918 found he was captured on or about this date and died in Turkish captivity. He was never officially acknowledged as a POW.

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Son of James Rawson & S E ADAMS

Of Koorlong, Mildura Vic.

1127 Private Edgar Robert Colbeck Adams, 8th Battalion, of Mildura, Vic. enlisted on 14 September 1914, aged 18, and took part in the landing on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 when it appears he was taken Prisoner of War (POW).

He managed to send a message in a bottle which was picked up in Egypt on 1 November 1915. The message read "am prisoner about 2 miles from where we landed...".

However no official record of Pte Adams as a prisoner or any subsequent fate was ever received. An inquiry was held and the finding was that he died on or about 25 April 1915 in Turkish hands.

Source: AWM

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