Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 19 October 1914
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 6 January 1863
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 17 May 1936, aged 73 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Bendigo Civil Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

19 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Major, SN Officer, 14th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Major, 14th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Major, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
28 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Major, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW sustained at Courtney's Post. Rejoined unit 16 May 1915.
22 Apr 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Major, 14th Infantry Battalion, RTA 29 February 1916 and appointment terminated (MU). He had previously spent several months in hospitals in Malta and UK.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Colonel John Adams. V.D., died at Bendigo on Sunday, aged 72 years. He was a native of Bendigo, and at an early age joined the Education Department as a teacher. After 47 years' service he retired. He took a keen interest in defence, and joined the cavalry when he was aged 10 years, and was a member until it was disbanded in 1892. Joining the Infantry, he became a lieutenant in 1900. Subsequently he attained the rank of major, and in 1914 was second in command of the 14th Battalion. He was wounded at Courtney's Post two days after the landing at Gallipoli. On recovering he was promoted to the rank of colonel, but later was invalided home. He took an active interest in the Returned  Soldiers' League, and was president for several years. Mrs. Adams died some years ago, but a son and daughter survive. The funeral took place at the Bendigo Cemetery on Monday, the services at the house and graveside being conducted by the Rev. W. Maclean, of St. Andrew's church. There was also an Oddfellows' service, and the returned soldiers, led by Colonel G. V. Lansell, M.L.C., also paid a tribute to their comrade's memory.