Adams, John: Service no. 54245

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Source: Duty Nobly Done Roll of Honour 18th Bn. compiled and edited by Edward H. Wigney.

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Gunshot wound to the head. Died of wounds July 3, 1916. Wounded June 6, 1916.

United States citizen. Born U.S.A.

Soldier Biography

Pte John Adams, Service number 54245

John Adams, an American born in Indiana in 1890, joined the Canadian war effort in 1915.  He was a single man and named his sister, Mrs. Ida McCane, as his next of kin.  Prior to signing up, Pte Adams worked as an iron moulder. 

Pte Adams made his way to Windsor, Ontario, where he completed his attestation papers.  His medical exam on Feb 17, 1915, deemed him to be fit to serve. On April 18, 1915, he sailed from the Halifax pier with his Battalion.

The discipline of military life appears to have been a struggle for Pte. Adams.  While in training at the West Sanding Camp in England, his record notes he was Absent without Leave for a number of weeks.  On Oct 10, 1915, he was admitted to hospital in St Martins and subsequently transferred to the Workhouse Military Hospital in Newcastle-on-Tyne on Oct 15, 1915.  After four days in this hospital, he absconded and was struck off the register.  However, he rejoined and served 112 days in detention.

He then transferred to France and on May 8, joined the 18th Battalion in the field.  Sadly on June 6, 1916, he suffered a gunshot wound to the head.  He was described by the Boulogne hospital as “dangerously ill”.  Pte. Adams was then transferred to the National Hospital, Bloomsbury, England on June 13.  He died of his wounds on July 3, 1916.

Pte. Adams is buried at the Kensfil Green Cemetery, London, England.  In a leafy borough of Kensington, this military cemetery overlooks a canal.  A total of 28 Canadian soldiers are buried here.  

By Jill Campbell. Part of the 18th Battalion Face Group’s effort to memorialize the men of this battalion.

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