John Alexander Adamson

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John Alexander Adamson
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Western Mail 22 Oct 1915 page 23
Personal Information
Date of Birth Not known
Place of Birth Port Pirie, South Australia
Death 17 May 1947, aged 53
Place of Death Hollywood Repatriation Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 11 months
Description 5'4" tall ; 112 lbs
50.802 kg
; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Farmer
Religion Church of England
Address Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr John Adamson
Military Information
Reg Number 1103
Date of Enlistment 16 Sep 1914
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement B Company / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 22 Dec 1914 ‒ January 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A32 Themistocles
Date of Return 23 Sep 1918 ‒ 14 Nov 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A54 Runic
Fate Wounded in Action 13 Mar 1918
Monument Mundijong School Roll of Honour
Mundijong Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

On arrival in Egypt he spent a short time in a training battalion before joining the 11th Battalion at Mena on 28 Feb 1915.

On 2 Mar 1915 he embarked on HMAT A23 Suffolk in Alexandria for Lemnos. It is not known whether he landed with his battalion as part of the 'cover force' or if the reinforcement group landed separately. John was chosen on 6 Jul 1915 to be a member of the Permanent Beach Party under the command of the 12th Battalion Adjutant. On 20 Aug 1915 John reported to the 2nd Field Ambulance with diarrhoea and on 29 Aug 1915 he was transferred to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station.

The next entry in his records was his admittance to the Military Hospital in Lewisham, England on 15 Sep 1915 where he spent 10 days before being released to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield. On 23 Nov 1915 he has been moved to a base at Abbey Wood, and then on 8 Jun 1916 he is taken on strength by the Bulford Depot from Abbey Wood. On 27 Aug 1916 he transferred to the 3rd Training Battalion at Perham Downs No 6 Camp for retraining before going to France. However, on 13 Oct 1916 he was admitted to the 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford with Venereal Disease, being released to duty on 21 Apr 1917 (193 days). He was to return to training, interrupted by one more hospital spell with septic fingers in May 1917. On 5 and 6 Sep 1917 he is reassessed for overseas duty and found to be fit, but almost immediately absented himself from a parade which was rewarded with 7 days confinement to barracks. Finally on 23 Oct 1917 he embarked for France in Southampton, arriving in Le Havre the next morning.

11 Nov 1917 found him being taken on strength by the 11th Battalion after an absence of more than two years. On 13 Mar 1918 the battalion was in the line in fine weather, subject to enemy artillery which caused 3 casualties that day, all wounded. John was one of these men. Seen the same day by first the 1st Field Ambulance, and then the 11th Casualty Clearing Station, he was placed on an Ambulance Train and admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital in Boulogne on 20 Mar 1918.

Evacuated to England on 5 Apr 1918 aboard the HS Jan Breydel, he was admitted to the King George Hospital in Stamford, South London with severe concussion to head and shoulders. Transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 3 May, he was not released until 5 Jul 1918.

On 23 Sep 1918 he was returned to Australia for change, and was discharged by the 5th Military District on 31 Jan 1919, but not before one last misdemeanor, going AWOL from the Runic in Fremantle on 13 Nov 1918.

Post War

On 3 Jan 1929 John married Doris Marie Chapman in Northam.[1]. Doris died 17 Dec 1966 aged 69 in Kalamunda.

Son Derrick Roy was born on 16 Nov 1929[2], John Philip was born in Greenmount on 5 Jan 1931 (died 24 Feb 1996 aged 65)[3], twins Bruce Edward and Gloria Dawn followed on 10 Apr 1932[4]. Other children were Heather and Doreen Nance.

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 in Lake Grace, a secretary; in 1931 with Doris Marie at Woolloomooloo road, Greenmount a clerk; 1936 a clerk at 108 Second avenue, Bassendean, but in 1937 nil occupation; 1943 at Hale road, Forrestfield, a clerk.

John Alexander Adamson died at Hollywood Repatriation Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia on the 17th May 1947, aged 53[5].

Between 1949 and 1963 Doris remained in Hale road, Forrestfield, in 1963 she was with daughter Doreen Nance.


John's father (also named John) served as Secretary of the Serpentine Roads Board, and when the Jarrahdale Board separated from the parent body he held the same position with both Roads Boards, serving from 1900 until 1913 or later.


  1. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XLV, (8,287). Western Australia. 9 January 1929. p. 1. Retrieved 27 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XLV, (8,554). Western Australia. 19 November 1929. p. 1. Retrieved 27 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XLVII, (8,905). Western Australia. 7 January 1931. p. 1. Retrieved 27 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XLVIII, (9,300). Western Australia. 16 April 1932. p. 1. Retrieved 27 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. "Family Notices". The West Australian. 63, (18,983). Western Australia. 19 May 1947. p. 1 (SECOND EDITION.). Retrieved 27 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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