Sergeant Robert William Wyllie Adam

Service Number 1901
Birth Date 04 May 1889
Birth Place Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Death Date 26 July 1916
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres
Final Rank Sergeant
Units

Robert William Wyllie Adam was born in Perth, Western Australia in 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. Robert Adam's great grandfather was the famous Admiral Sir Charles Adam, and his grandfather William Patrick Adam, was Liberal Whip for the Gladstone administration, and Governor of Madras. His mother, Jane Emily Adam, was the sister 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 Pozieres. For his actions at Pozieres, 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.

Collection items

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Sergeant
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Sergeant
    Fate
    Died of wounds
    Date of Fate
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Fremantle
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Hororata A20
    Date of Embarkation
    29 April 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant

Timeline

Date of birth 1889
Date of embarkation 1915-04-29
Date of death 1916-07-26

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