Hugh George ADAMS

Badge Number: S16631, Sub Branch: Henley Beach

ADAMS, Hugh George

Service Number: 702
Enlisted: 25 November 1914
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Gawler, South Australia, Australia, 24 September 1895
Home Town: Woodville, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 16 April 1969, aged 73 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park - South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Location: Columbarium, Wall 10, Niche H037 Cremation Date: 18/04/1969
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 702, 9th Light Horse Regiment
6 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 702, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 702, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Surada, Melbourne
12 May 1915: Involvement SN 702, 9th Light Horse Regiment, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 702
Date unknown: Wounded SN 702, 9th Light Horse Regiment

Death Notice

Advertiser 18th April 1969

ADAMS -On April 16, at hospital, Hugh George, dearly beloved husband of Ivy Adams, of 607 Grange road, Grange, Ex 9th Light Horse, 1st A.I.F. Lest we Forget.

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Son of William Kerce ADAMS and Lizzie nee SCHOEFIELD

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Wednesday 10 May 1916



Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Adams, of Honey-street, Woodville, have received information of the promotion of their second son, H. G. Adams, to the rank of lieutenant in the newly-formed Australian   Camel Corps. Lieutenant Adams enlisted as a trooper in the 1st Regiment, 9th Light Horse. When in Egypt he volunteered as a private in the infantry in order to get to the front. After long service in the trenches he contracted a serious illness and was sent to hospital in Malta. On his recovery he rejoined the 9th Light Horse in Egypt. His elder brother, W. T. Adams, was killed in action on June 3, 1915. He took part in the famous landing at Anzac.



Biography contributed by Jordan Hefferan

Hugh had four other siblings- an older brother, William (born May 1, 1894), and four younger siblings, Lillian, Anne and Clara.

Hugh was educated at Broken Hill and Adelaide Public schoolcs, and spent two and a half years in the Broken Hill Senior Cadets with his brother before enlisting.

Hugh was close to William, and the pair of brothers were only seperated when they were in their late teens, and Hugh moved back to Adelaide with his parents and William stayed in Broken Hill. Before signing up for the war, Hugh worked as a clerk and lived in Honey Street, Woodville North. He was unmarried.

He enlisted in Adelaide on the 25th of November, 1914, and was assigned to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade, 9th Regiment. They embarked on the HMS A52 'Surada' on Feburary 11th, 1914, bound for Egypt, arriving in the second week of December. The 9th Light Horse was deployed to Gallipoli on May 12, 1915. Once in Gallipoli, Hugh volunteered as a private in the infantry in order to be close to William, who was also fighting in the Gallipoli campaign with the 7th Australian Infantry Battalion.

While fighting, Hugh managed to make it to where his brother's battalion was position and learned that his brother had survived the charge uphill, but had been shot and killed on the third day.

In a letter Hugh sent home to his family, he wrote: "Several days ago I managed to get over to where Bill's company was and met his mate who told me the bad news; Bill got throught the wonderful charge allright -but- was shot throught the head while in the trenches on the 3rd day...God bless you, though, and cheer you up Mum: Bill died a hero fighting for his country, so be consoled with the knowledge that your first son died bravely in honour and glory to save his family and countrymen from an approaching enemy."

Later, he contracted a severe case of influenza, and was sent to a hospital in Malta. Once recovered, he returned to Gallipoli.

Hugh's regiment, the 9th, was fortunate enought to be a reserve regiment for the futile attack on the Nek on August 7. However, the regiment did participate in the attack of Hill 60 on August 21, 1915, alongside the 4th Infantry Brigade (Australia), the NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade, and the Connaught Rangers (Ireland).

The 9th Light Horse Regiment continued to play a defensive role in Gallipoli until December 20, 1915. Aside from Gallipoli, Hugh fought in Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan. He reached the rank of Corporal, and was even a POW in 1918. He returned home on August 1, 1919, on board the Argleshire.

After the war, Hugh married Ernstina Ivy Jane Kuhndt in 1920. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, as well as the British Star and Victory Medal.

Hugh passed away April 16, 1969, aged 73. He had no children.


Biography contributed by Bill Adams

A few additions to the wonderful contribution by Jordan Hefferan.

Hugh was generally known by his second name George.

He had 5 siblings, namely William born 2 May 1894, Lillian born 18 February 1897, Hilda born 6 March 1899, Clara born 4 December 1901, and Sydney born 24 July 1903. Sydney also served his country in World War 2 in the 2/27 Battalion.

After his marriage he lived with his wife at Grange, South Australia.

He studied accountancy on his return to Australia after the war and was employed by the Austrlian Taxation Office.