William Adams

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 18546
  • Rank: Driver
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
  • Unit/Ship: 3rd Airline Section
  • Place of Death: Greece
  • Age at Death: 23
  • Date of Death: 20.02.1916
  • Burial Country: Greece
  • Cemetery: Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: 82

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 175 Hawkhill, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Rose Fox Adams

  • Father:

    Edward Adams

  • Siblings:

    James, Edward & Alexander

  • Spouse:

    Winifred Agnes Adams, 2 Annfield Rd, Dundee

  • Children:

    Edward, born 23.02.1913, William, 0912.1914-02.02.1918 & Francis Joseph, born, 28.04.1916

More about William Adams

William Adams   18546   Royal Engineers



Sapper William Adams, Royal Engineers, has been killed at the front as the result of an accident.

Mrs Adams, who resides in Hawkhill, Dundee, has received a letter from Lieutenant Roland Bennett conveying the sad news.  The letter says :–“It is with the deepest sympathy that I write to inform you that your husband met with a fatal accident on Saturday morning, February 19.  He was my groom, and was out exercising one of my horses, when he was thrown, and fell heavily on his head.  He was carried into a French hospital, where they did everything possible for him; but, unfortunately, his neck was broken, and he passed away the following morning.

“He was buried by the chaplain of his own religion in the English cemetery with military honours.  We purpose shortly to erect a monument over his grave.

“I always considered your husband one of the finest men under my command, one who always did his duty under any circumstances, and one who could be looked upon as an example to any young soldier with whom he came into contact.”

Sapper Adams who was 24 years of age, served in the Engineers for seven years and had been at the front since the beginning of the war.  He leaves a widow and two of a family.

He has two brothers in the Royal Engineers, James, who was previously employed in the machine room of the “Courier” Office, has served twelve years in the Engineers. And has been at the front since August, 1914, while Edward enlisted at the outbreak of war.  Alexander is a Derby recruit, and will be called up next week.

Dundee Courier 14th March 1916

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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