Dudley Playford (The Colt) ADAMSON

Badge Number: S7778, Sub Branch: Alice Springs

ADAMSON, Dudley Playford

Service Numbers: 5877, 20835
Enlisted: 17 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st Signal Squadron
Born: Tanunda, South Australia, 14 October 1895
Home Town: Croydon, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Telegraphist
Died: Cancer, Croydon, South Australia, 22 June 1962, aged 66 years
Cemetery: Mitcham Cemetery, S.A.
Mitcham General Cemetery Mitcham City, South Australia
Memorials: Auburn Primary School WW1 Honor Roll, Port Wakefield Bowmans Methodist Church & District WW1 Roll of Honour, Riverton Methodist Church Honour Roll WW1, Riverton Pictorial Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5877, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Apr 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 5877, m/u
27 Aug 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 20835, Adelaide, South Australia
19 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 20835, 1st to 5th Divisional Signal Companies, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Dec 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, 20835, 1st to 5th Divisional Signal Companies, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Sapper, 20835
3 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sapper, 20835, 1st Signal Squadron

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Biography contributed by Paula Bartsch

Dudley Playford Adamson enlisted twice for service. On 17 August 1915 he was at the Signal School, as a Signaller with 81st Infantry, but was discharged as medically unfit on 16 April 1916.

Undeterred he rejoined on 27 August 1917 with the 1st to 4th Signal Troops, October 1917 Reinforcements at Adelaide, SA. The Unit embarked from Sydney, NSW on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 19 December 1917, and serving in the Base Signals Depot and Signals Office Alexandria until August 1918 when he was transferred to the Signals Squadron Mounted Division.

Returned to Australian 3 July 1919 per HT Malta.

Dudley's father was the local Policeman at Mount Pleasant, SA, at the time of enlistment and for that reason is listed on the Presbyterian Church Honor Board.

Dudley was the first volunteer from the Northern Territory to join and was a telegraphist at the Overland Telegraph Station at Alice Springs when he enlisted. He was the first Postmaster of Alice Springs in 1932 and Alice Springs first RSL President.

(Information courtesy of Bill Adamson, son of Dudley Adamson)