Biography

Birth date: 1889
Birth place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Death date: 26 July 1916
Death place: France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 1901 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 26 July 1916
  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 29 April 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Conduct Medal

  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Digitised Collection

Letters from Robert William Wyllie Adam to his Mother, 1914-1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of 1901 Sergeant Robert William Wyllie Adam, 11th Battalion. The letters were written by Sergeant Robert Adam to his mother, Mrs Jane Adam, in England between 1914 and 5 July 1916. These letters describe his training at Blackboy Hill Camp in Western...

RCDIG0000192

Letters from Guy Clifton Lukin to Mrs Adam, 1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of 1901 Sergeant Robert William Wyllie Adam, 11th Battalion. The letters were written by Sergeant Guy Clifton Lukin to Mrs Adam between 1 and 14 August 1916. Sergeant Lukin's letters describe the actions that led to Sergeant Adam's death in...

RCDIG0000193

Letter from Field Marshal William Birdwood to Mrs Adam, 1916

Letter relating to the First World War service of 1901 Sergeant Robert William Wyllie Adam, 11th Battalion, France, 1916. The letter was written by Field Marshal Birdwood to Mrs Adam on the 23 August 1916 and expresses his sympathy for the loss of her son.

RCDIG0000194

Private Record

Adam, Robert William Wyllie (Sergeant, b.1889 - d.1916)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 1901 Sergeant Robert William Wyllie Adam, 11 Battalion, AIF, Gallipoli and France, 1914-1916. Folder 1 - Thirty nine letters written by Sgt Adam to his mother, Mrs Jane Emily Adam in Hampstead, England. The letters are dated between 1914 and... Maker: Adam, Robert William Wyllie

1DRL/0003 (With records)

Timeline

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