Robert John ADAMS

ADAMS, Robert John

Service Numbers: 2604, T23383
Enlisted: 29 March 1915, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Lines of Communication Units
Born: Ditton, England, 14 January 1880
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Hobart, Tasmania, 21 November 1953, aged 73 years
Cemetery: Cornelian Bay Cemetery and Crematorium, Tasmania
Memorials: Hobart Roll of Honour
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1900: Involvement Unspecified British Units

World War 1 Service

29 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2604, Townsville, Queensland
17 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2604, 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance
17 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2604, 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 15th Field Ambulance
28 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 15th Field Ambulance
1 Jan 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 15th Field Ambulance
1 Apr 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 15th Field Ambulance
15 Feb 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 15th Field Ambulance

World War 2 Service

26 Jan 1942: Enlisted Private, SN T23383, Lines of Communication Units, Hobart, Tasmania
28 Feb 1946: Discharged Corporal, SN T23383, Lines of Communication Units

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...Robert John Adams emigrated from the Ditton, Lancashire with his wife Leah to Tasmania prior to WW1. They appear to have separated in Hobart around the start of the war, with three children (Robert, Leah and Trixie), being left in the care of a Mrs Fitzpatrick. Robert was a Boer War veteran and former British Army RAMC regular serving 4 years with the colours and 8 in the reserve. Robert somehow made it to Townsville and enlisted there in March 1915, initially serving with the 4th Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance, being transferred to the 15th Field Ambulance in March 1916 in Egypt. He then served in France/Flanders being commissioned to LT from LCPL at the end of the war. His service papers and an allotment file explain the situation with his children and wife. When he got home to Tasmania after the war Robert and Leah divorced (Hobart Mercury article July 1924). He subsequently married a lady named Revie and they had children named Jan, Roberta, Robin, Jill and Simon. He served on as a CPL in WW2, reducing his age by 8 years. Robert appears to have copped a few mentions in the paper over the years, including one in which Revie was injured in a traffic accident.

Robert died on 21 November 1953 and this time was living at Windsor St, Kingston Beach, Hobart. In the notice of death in the Hobart Mercury his family members were listed, including his daughter Leah who was by then married with the surname Uhr-Henry..."READ MORE LINK (