William Doig Adam

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 7463
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion, 'B' Company
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 21.12.1914
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 34 & 35

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 172 Clepington Road, Dundee
  • Occupation: Victoria Foundry, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Fanny Adam, 575 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow

  • Children:

    James, born, 04.12.1907, Margaret, born 13.10.1909 & Norman, born 16.06.1914

More about William Doig Adam

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.


7463 L.-Cpl. William Doig Adam, 1st Manchester Regiment, was killed in action on 21 December 1914, aged 31.
Born in Dundee, Pte. Adam was a reservist, recalled to the colours on the outbreak of war. He was married with three young children, employed at Victoria Foundry, and living at 172 Clepington Road.
He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.KILLED IN ACTION. DUNDEE RESERVIST FALLS IN THE FIGHTING. Little Jim and Maggie Adam wonder why daddy doesn’t come home. Baby is too young to know, but, alas! neither Jim nor Maggie and the baby will ever see daddy again.
Official notice came with starling suddenness to the bright little home at 172 Clepington Road of the death of Lance-Corporal Adam, aged 31, B Company, 1st Manchester Regiment, at Givenchy on the 21st of December, and now three little children are fatherless.
Adam, who was a reservist, was called up at the outbreak of war, and drafted to the front about October. He joined the Manchesters towards the close of the Boer War, and served a brief term in South Africa. He was in the employ of Messrs Charles Parker & Sons, Victoria Foundry. He was a deacon of Rattray Street Baptist Church. Letters had been coming to his wife with cheerful regularity since he left Dundee, and it was only yesterday morning that the blow fell with the arrival of the tragic news – killed in action. The People’s Journal, Saturday, 9 January 1915, 12.

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