Geoffrey Middleton ADAMSON

ADAMSON, Geoffrey Middleton

Service Number: 665
Enlisted: 7 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Tanunda, South Australia, 28 April 1897
Home Town: Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Schooling: Mount Barker District High School South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Cerabral thrombosis 24hrs, Ateriosclerosis caused Dementia for 2yrs, Elizabth Jenkins Nursing Home,Collaroy NSW, 18 February 1985, aged 87 years
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
Provided by grandson Douglas Adamson
Memorials: Auburn Primary School WW1 Honor Roll, Riverton Methodist Church Honour Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

7 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 665, Keswick, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 665, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 665, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
5 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 665, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Geoffrey Middleton ADAMSON was the son of the local policeman at Mount Pleasant, SA, when he enlisted 8 July 1915 at Keswick, SA. The Unit embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915, disembarking at Suez on 18 December 1915.

From his service record it can be seen that Private ADAMSON found service life a challenge - being found guilty of various offences and confined to barracks and forfeiture of pay on several occasions. 

He served firstly at Ismailia, then Tel el Kebir before embarking to Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force on 17 June 1916, and disembarked at Marseilles, France on 23 June 1916.

Adamson was wounded in action with shell shock on 19 July 1916 and admitted to 3rd Stationary Hospital on 24 July 1916. He continued to be admonished for various breaches of behaviour after his return to the field. He served with Light Trench Mortar Battery 8 October 1916.

Admitted to hospital in France 30 December 1916, with septic right toes, and rejoined the Unit on 12 January 1917. He was wounded in action 20 May 1917 and transferred to 3rd Stationary General Hospital in Oxford with gun shot wound to right mastoid region and neck. Discharged to furlough 12 July 1917 to report to Command Depot, Codofrd, 26 July 1917; marched in to Overseas Training Depot, Perham Down, 4 August 1917 before proceeding overseas to France 1 September 1917, rejoining 32nd Battalion in the field on 11 September 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambuland on 22 May 1918 with pyrexia of unknown origin, then to 47th Casualty Clearing Station before being discharged to duty on 27 May 1918.

Wounded for the third time on 7 August 1918 (gassed shell) and sent to No 2 Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport on 8 August 1918 before transferring to Convalescent Depot, Havre on 16 August 1918 and then to Base Depot on 29 August 1918. He rejoined his Battalion in the field 9 September 1918.

He was granted leave to England on 19 October 1918 before rejoining his Battalion on 6 November 1918. He was charged once more with failing to appear on 1000 parade on 12 November 1918, and awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No. 2.  He was transferred to AIF Administrative Headquarters, London on 13 December 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, with gastric catarrh before being discharged to duty 15 January 1919. Then marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott 28 January 1919. 

Found guilty of being absent without leave from 2000, 30 January to 1600, 4 February 1919 on 5 February 1919 and awarded forfeiture of 12 days pay.

Geoffrey Middleton Adamson commenced his return to Australia on board HT City of Poonah on 28 March 1919, disembarking in Adelaide 12 May 1919 before being discharged on 5 July 1919.

The family folk-lore states that Geoffrey suffered with severe shell-shock due to 2 days hanging on barb wire... he certainly managed to have an interesting time during the 3 years and 364 days of service, of which 3 years 177 days were served abroad.