Breally ADAMS


ADAMS, Breally

Service Number: 2827
Enlisted: 2 May 1916, Kalgoorlie, WA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Yatta Creek, South Australia, 4 May 1876
Home Town: Boulder, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Barossa Public School
Occupation: Miner / Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 41 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gawler Council Gawler Men Who Answered the Call WW1 Roll of Honor, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

2 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2827, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Kalgoorlie, WA
30 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2827, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Third Ypres
30 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2827, 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Fremantle
12 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, SN 2827, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Third Ypres


The Advertiser 5 December 1917

Sapper BREALLY ADAMS, killed in action in France, on October 13, was the seventh son of Mr. and Mrs. John Adams, of Cockatoo Valley. He was born at Barossa goldfields 42 years ago, and was educated at the Barossa public school. He spent many years working in the Broken Hill mines, and from there he went to Western Australia, where he enlisted, and sailed for England in November, 1916. He left for France on February 22, and there made the supreme sacrifice. Sapper Adams left a widow and five children in Western Australia.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Breally ADAMS was born in Yatta Creek, South Australia on 4th May, 1876

His parents were John ADAMS & Dinah SMITH

He married Ellen Elizabeth VILLIAS / VILLIS in Broken Hill, New South Wales in 1899 -  two known children, Ellen Margaret born 1904 in Western Australia & Hazel Dorothy born 1901 in South Australia

He enlisted in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on 2nd May, 1916 & embarked from Fremantle on 30th October, 1916 with the 5th Pioneer Battalion on the HMAT Port Melbourne

He was Killed in Action in Belgium on 12th October, 1917 - no known grave