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Military Service

Final Rank

Sergeant

Service Number

1901
- First World War, 1914-1918

Birth date: 1889

Birth place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth

Death date: 1916-07-26

Death place: France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres

Robert William Wyllie Adam was born  in Perth, Western Australia during 1889. He was educated in England where he attended schools at East Molesey, Surrey and Rugby, Warwickshire. 

The Adam family were a distinguished British political family and Robert was related to the famous Admiral Sir Charles Adam. His mother, Jane Emily Adam, was the daughter of George Leake who was twice the premier of Western Australia.

Adam returned to Perth at age 18 and worked as a farmer. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 3 February 1915. He was assigned to the 11th Infantry Battalion. Following basic training at Blackboy Hill, he departed Fremantle on 25 April 1915 aboard HMAT Hororata. 

Adam served at Gallipoli from June to November 1915, inclusive of a period of illness during July and August. He was transferred to France in April 1916 where he fought in the battle of the Somme and was fatally wounded at Pozières. For his actions at Pozières, Adam was recommended for a Military Medal. Robert Adam died of wounds on 26 July 1916 and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.