William George ADAMS MC, DSO

ADAMS, William George

Service Numbers: 2551, NX42
Enlisted: 8 June 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Singleton, NSW, 25 January 1897
Home Town: Singleton, Northumberland, New South Wales
Schooling: Singleton Public School
Occupation: Fireman
Memorials: Singleton Public School HR
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World War 1 Service

8 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2551, 13th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

Date unknown: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, SN NX42, 2nd/16th Infantry Battalion

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Distinguished Service Order

For Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on several occasions.  when his battalion was moving up to support the front line, through a heavy barrage, his control and leadership averted many casualties.  After digging in, he went forward and found another company being surrounded by the enemy; he extricated them, and held a position further back for two hours agains heavy odds,  His courage and judgment throughout the operations were beyond praise.


Military Cross

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  He went forward and amade a personal reconnaisance.  During an enemy counter-attack, when the troops on his left fell back, he moved his company forward under a heavy barrage to a position where they protected the withdrawal and re-organized them into a defensive line which eventually checked and localized the attack.

London Gazette 17 December 1917.  Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 24 September 1918