Studio portrait of 684 Private (Pte) William Thomas Adams, 7th Battalion, of Port Adelaide, SA. ...

Unit 7th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number P06879.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 1914
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 684 Private (Pte) William Thomas Adams, 7th Battalion, of Port Adelaide, SA. With three years service in the senior cadets in Broken Hill, and employed as an engineer before enlisting in August 1914, Pte Adams left Australia in October 1914. Landing at Gallipoli as part of the second wave attack on 25 April 1915, Pte Adams was officially listed as killed in action sometime between the 25th April and 2 May 1915. Pte Adams' younger brother, Trooper (Tpr) Hugh George Adams, 9th Light Horse, also served on Gallipoli, and in a letter to his parents two months later wrote: "Several days ago I managed to get over to where Bill's company was and met his mate who told me the bad news; Bill got through the wonderful charge allright - but - was shot through the head while in the trenches on the 3rd day". To his mother Tpr Adams writes: "God bless you, though, and cheer you up Mum: Bill died a hero fighting for his country so be consoled with the knowledge that your first son died bravely in honour and glory to save his family and countrymen from an approaching enemy". Pte William Adams was killed three days short of his 21st birthday, and is buried at Lone Pine Cemetery.