William Henry ADAMS


ADAMS, William Henry

Service Number: 611
Enlisted: 4 September 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Thargomindah, Queensland, 18 November 1897
Home Town: South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Caboolture State School, Queensland
Occupation: Motor mechanic
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 13 May 1915, aged 17 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot III, Row F, Grave 16
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 611, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Brisbane, Queensland
20 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 611, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Boorara, Sydney
20 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 611, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 611, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Kaylie Zounis

William Henry Adams was born on the 18th of November, 1897 in Thargomindah, Queensland. He was the son of John Yoinie and Jane Adams. He was also the brother of Sergeant Vivian Douglas Adams. Vivian died in action on the 22nd of November, 1915. The Adams family lived in South Brisbane. Adams attended school at Caboolture State School, Queensland. Before William joined the war, he had an occupation as a motor mechanic.

At the age of 16, William enlisted to serve in the First World War as a trooper on the 4th of September 1914. He was assigned to the 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment. This unit was raised at Enoggera, Queensland on the 18th of August 1914. The recruits involved in the 2nd came from mainly Queensland but some also came from New South Wales. The 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment came from one of three regiments featured in the 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment. In war, Adams final rank was as a trooper and his service was with the Australian Imperial Force. His service number was 611.

William Henry Adams was killed in action on the 13th of May, 1915 at Gallipoli. While killed in action, there is no detail regarding what caused his death. He is laid at the Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.  



Son of John Youine and Jane Adams, Albert Street, Bowen Hills, Brisbane and native of Thargomindah, Queensland

Brother of 283 Sgt. Vivian Douglas Adams (/explore/people/340448), 25th Bn, killed in action, 22 November 1915