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S/14324   Lance Corporal Thomas Adams
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Dated added: 12/03/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st / 7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/06/1875
Died: 28/04/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 41
Thomas Adams was the son of John and Mary Adams. He was born on 5th June 1875 in Kilrea His mother died when he was a year old. His father remarried and had a further eight children. They were a farming family that lived at Claragh House, north of Kilrea. Thomas set up in business in Glasgow a few years previous to the war. Thomas Adams enlisted and joined the Gordon Highlanders and served with them throughout his time in the army. In April he was seriously wounded. He was removed to a casualty clearing station and then to a hospital in Etaples. Lance Corporal Thomas Adams died of his wounds a few days later on Saturday 28th April 1917
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
  Etaples, Pas De Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave XIX-M-2
CWGC Casualty 498417
Étaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne. During the First World War, the area around Étaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 47
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1 1901 Census lists Adams family 1901 census does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 16 in Claragh, Kilrea, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Adams family 1911 census does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 12 in Claragh, Kilrea, Londonderry
3 Photo of Lance Corporal Thomas Adams' grave
4 National Archives UK Medal card of Lance Corporal Thomas Adams can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lance Corporal Thomas Adams' grave can be purchased here
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