ADAMS, Harry

Service Number: 5972
Enlisted: 6 March 1916, Bathurst, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: St Marys, New South Wales, Australia, 20 January 1891
Home Town: St Marys, Penrith Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: St Marys Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, Isolation Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England , 7 January 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Stratford-Sub-Castle (St. Lawrence) Churchyard, Wiltshire, England
Grave 105
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

6 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5972, Bathurst, New South Wales
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5972, 13th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5972, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney
7 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5972, 13th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 7th January..... Private Harry Adams was born at St. Marys, New South Wales in 1891. His mother died in 1895 & his father died in 1897. Harry Adams enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 6th March, 1916 as a 24 year old Labourer from Bathurst, NSW.

Private Adams was reported as AWL (absent without leave) on 4th June, 1916 & fined 10/- & again from 23rd to 26th June, 1916 while posted at Kiama, NSW & fined £3.

Private Harry Adams embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Wiltshire (A18) on 22nd August, 1916 with the 13th Infantry Battalion, 19th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 13th October, 1916. He was posted to No. 3 Command Depot at Wool, Dorset on 13th October, 1916.

Private Adams was absent from 7.15 am to 12 noon on 1st November, 1916 & confined to Camp for 1 day.
Private Adams was transferred to 4th Training Battalion at Codford, Wiltshire on 17th November, 1916. He was sent sick to Codford General Hospital, Wiltshire on 21st December, 1916 & admitted the same day with Pneumonia. Private Adams was transferred to No. 3 New Zealand Hospital at Codford with suspected C.S.M. (Cerebro Spinal Meningitis) on 21st December, 1916. He was transferred on 22nd December, 1916 to Salisbury Isolation Hospital, Wiltshire. The Hospital Admissions form recorded the following information: “The weather was too severe to send him to Salisbury last night. Extremely ill on admission. Semi comatose...”

Private Harry Adams died on 7th January, 1917 at Isolation Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. (Note: The Hospital Admissions form recorded that Private Adams died on 8th January, 1917. All other forms have the date of death as 7th January, 1917).

Private Harry Adams was buried on 10th January, 1917 in St Lawrence’s Churchyard, Stratford-sub-Castle, Wiltshire, England where 25 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)