Birth date: 1888
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Surrey
Death date: 1980
Death place: Australia
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 4352 - First World War, 1914-1918
4352A - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 1 Division Artillery Brigade

John Evan Adlard was born in Surrey, England during 1888. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a driver on 3 February 1915. Adlard had 4 years prior military service in the Horse Artillery, also as a driver, which contributed to his commission as an officer.

Adlard departed Melbourne with the 1st Division Ammunition Column from Melbourne aboard HMAT Bakara on 14 May 1915. After a stopover in Egypt, he embarked for Gallipoli aboard RMS Snaefell in June 1915. He landed at Cape Helles from the River Clyde. Adlard soon fell ill and was admitted to hospital in Malta on 16 September 1915.

Adlard left Malta aboard the hospital ship HMHT Dunlace Castle on 13 October 1915 and set sail for England. In 12 January 1917, he was admitted for training at the Royal Artillery Cadet School in St John's Wood, England. He was subsequently reassigned to 1st Division Column on the Western Front.

John Adlard was wounded on 23 October 1917 and transferred to England before returning to Australia aboard SS Balmoral Castle on 1 February 1918.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Driver
  • Date of embarkation: 14 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Digitised Collection

Diary of John Evan Adlard, 1915 - 1918

Diary relating to First World War service of 4352 Lieutenant John Evan Adlard. This diary covers the period from 1915 - 1918. Most of these entries are short, but the diary also contains sketches made by Adlard over the course of his service.


Typescript extracts from diary of John Evan Adlard, 1915 - 1918

Typescript extracts from diary relating to First World War service of 4352 Lieutenant John Evan Adlard, 1st Division Artillery. The extracts were made at Australia House in London in 1929 at the request of the Australian War Memorial, and cover Lieutenant Adlard's wartime experiences from 1915 to...


Typescript copy of diary of John Evan Adlard, 1915 - 1918

Typescript copy of complete diary kept by 4352 Lieutenant John Evan Adlard, 1st Division Artillery. The original diary was written by Lieutenant Adlard between 1915 and 1918, and includes additional autobiographical material entitled 'Life on a Shoestring'.


Private Record

Adlard, John Evan (Lieutenant, b.1888 - d.1980)

Collection relating to the service of 4352 Lieutenant John Evan Adlard, 1 Division Artillery, AIF, Australia, at sea, Egypt, Gallipoli, Malta, England, France, Western Front. Collection consists of three original diaries kept by Lieutenant Adlard from February 1915 until March 1918. Diaries are... Maker: Adlard, Charles "Chas"

2DRL/0020 (With records)


Date of birth 1888
Date of embarkation 1915-05-14
Date of death 1980