Adams, William Affleck (Major, b.1869 - d.1917)

Accession Number 1DRL/0008
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 3 wallets: 3 cm
Object type Letters
Maker Adams, William Affleck
Place made France, United Kingdom: England, Wiltshire, Salisbury, United Kingdom: England, Wiltshire, Salisbury Plain, Salisbury
Date made 1916-1917
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/40
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection of letters (photocopies) relating to service of Major William Affleck Adams, DSO 3 Pioneer Battalion, France, 1916-1917. Letters written to Adams' wife and children describe training in England and action in France. Adams comments on service life; mail services and clothing and food supplies. In the letters Adams reflects on changes and conflicts within the battalion command. Letters also report on military actions within France in which the battalion participated. Letters contain endearments to wife and children. Letter to wife, 12 November 1916 cautions against son enlisting. Included in the collection are several condolence letters relating to Adams' death in the third battle at Ypres on 15 October 1917. Photocopies made 1927. Location of originals unknown. Letters not in chronological order and some letters incomplete.

History / Summary

Biographical note: Major William Affleck Adams, DSO, 3 Australian Pioneers, AIF. Mentioned in Despatches. Killed in action, Ypres, 15 Oct 1917. Age 48. Son of John Fulton Adams and Margaret Robertson Adams. Husband of Mrs E E Adams of 118 Barker's Rd., Hawthorn, Victoria. Native of Glasgow, Scotland.