William Aloysius ADAMS

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ADAMS, William Aloysius

Service Numbers: 4661, 4651
Enlisted: 18 January 1916, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Woolahra, New South Wales, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Woollahra Public School, New South Wales
Occupation: Shop Assistant
Died: Killed in action, France, 3 May 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial Even though shows no known grave This appears on his record in handwriting. *Form B103: 'Buried at 51 B. S.W. U.27.6.6.5.' *This is not unusual. Many were buried only to have the graves destroyed in future battles. Hence No known grave
Memorials: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
13 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4661, 18th Infantry Battalion
13 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4661, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4651, 18th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 18th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

Father was William Joseph Adams, Lochiel Cottage, 53 Ruthven Street, Waverley, New South Wales

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 31 July 1916; discharged, 5 August 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 6 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 September 1916; taken on strength, 18th Bn, in the field, 2 October 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 November 1916 (soft chancre), and transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; to 1st Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 16 November 1916; to 18th General Hospital, 19 November 1916 (not yet diagnosed: venereal disease); to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 21 November 1916; discharged to duty, 25 November 1916, and marched in to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 28 November 1916 (disordered action of the heart); transferred to 6th Convalescent Depot, 5 December 1916; to 5th Convalescent Depot, 8 December 1916; discharged to duty,18 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 January 1917.

Killed in action, 3 May 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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