Biography

Birth date: 1888
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Buckinghamshire, Wolverton
Death date: 09 August 1916
Death place: France
Final rank: Private
Service number: 78 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 13th Australian Field Ambulance

Arthur James Adams was born in England at Wolverton, Buckinghamshire during 1888. He was educated at the Wolverton County School and the Wolverton Science and Arts Institute. Adams migrated to Australia at age 22 and worked as a carpenter and joiner in Brisbane. His father, a Mr G Adams, still resided in Buckinghamshire at the outbreak of war.

Adams enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 13 August 1914. He had some prior military experience in the reserve forces, having served for about 3 years in the 1st Bucks Territorials. He initially served as a driver in the 3rd Field Ambulance, but was later transferred to the rank of private in the 13th Field Ambulance.

Following basic training, Adams boarded HMAT Rangatira and embarked from Brisbane on 25 October 1914. Adams was seriously wounded on 8 August 1916 during the battle of Pozières. He died of wounds shortly afterwards on 9 August 1916. Arthur Adams is buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 09 August 1916
  • Unit: 13th Australian Field Ambulance

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Driver
  • Date of embarkation: 25 September 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Brisbane

Photograph

H12618

Portrait of 78 Private (Pte) Arthur James Adams, 13th Field Ambulance. A carpenter, originally from Wolverhampton, England, Pte Adams was killed in action at Pozieres, France, on 9 August 1916. He was 28.

H12618

H12619

A tree planted in memory of 78 Lance Corporal Arthur James Adams of the 13th Field Ambulance, AIF, who died on 9 August 1916 from wounds received during the battle for Pozieres. The tree was probably planted at Albion, Brisbane.

H12619

P05301.256

Studio portrait of 78 Dvr (later Pte) Arthur James Adams, 3rd (later 13th) Field Ambulance, of Brisbane, Qld, son of G Adams, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, England. A joiner prior to enlisting, he embarked from Brisbane aboard HMAT Rangatira (A22) on 22 September 1914. He died at the 13th Field...

P05301.256

P08518.004

Grave of 78 Private (Pte) Arthur James Adams, 13th Field Ambulance AAMC of Brisbane, Qld. Pte Adams was killed in action at Pozieres on 9 August 1916 and is buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery.

P08518.004

Private Record

Adams, Arthur James (Private, b.1888 - d.1916)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 78 Private Arthur James Adams, 13 Field Ambulance, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1916. Collection consists of a handwritten diary covering the period 1 January 1915 until Adams' wounding at Pozieres, 8 August 1916 (he died of wounds 9 August... Maker: Adams, Arthur James

1DRL/0004 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary for Arthur James Adams, 1915-1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of 78 Private Arthur James Adams, 13th Field Ambulance. The diary was written at Gallipoli between 1 January 1915 to 8 August 1916 and contains detailed entries describing the weather conditions, routine tasks of the Field Ambulance unit and the...

RCDIG0000195

Miscellaneous items for Arthur James Adams, 1915-1916

Miscellaneous items relating to the First World War service of 78 Private Arthur James Adams, 13th Field Ambulance. This file contains: Train ticket for journey between Pont Limoun and 'Marg', [n.d.]; Article containing transcripts of wireless messages printed in the Peninsula Press, 21 July...

RCDIG0000196

Timeline

Date of birth 1888
Date of embarkation 1914-09-25
Date of death 1916-08-09