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1885 - 1916


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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916


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1897 - 1916


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1883 - 1918
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Pte 22002 Albert Edward Adams

  • Age: 23
  • From: Widnes
  • Regiment: 13th KLR
  • Commemorated at: Arras Memorial
    Panel Ref: Bay 3
Albert Edward was born in Prescot, Lancs, in September Quarter 1893 probably at 49 Gladstone Street, Widnes the son of Thomas Adams and his wife Ann (nee Chettoe) both from Shropshire. They had married in Prescot in September Quarter 1874.

The 1901 Census shows his Father Thomas as a Carter living at 49 Widnes Road, Widnes
Albert shown as a 7 year old Scholar.

The 1911 Census self completed by Father Thomas at 84 Lugsdale Road, Widnes, shows himself and his Wife Ann with 19 year old Daughter Fanny
and Albert aged 17 an office clerk in a Soap Works. It also shows that Thomas and Ann had 14 children, 5 of whom sadly died pre 1911
(Alice 1876, Beatrice 1899, Adelina 1903, Annie 1903 & May 1904).Albert was their 12th child of the 14, he had 2 younger sisters and 1 elder Brother and 10 elder Sisters

On 5 November 1914 Albert then aged 21 years and 110 days enlists into the 20th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Pte. 22002.
He is described as being 5 Foot 6 inches, with a 36 inch chest, weighing 122 pounds, had Brown Hair and Brown Eyes and was a Methodist. 
He listed his Father Thomas Adams as his Next of Kin, he was now living at 8 Wood Street, Widnes

While training between 5 November 1914 and 7 November 1915 he had two infringements, where pay was docked for being AWOL half a day 14 June 1915 and AWOL overnight 26 June 1915.

On 7 November 1915 he and was posted with his Battalion to France for 361 days until 2 November 1916 when he was then home for 43 Days. He returned to France from 16 December 1916 for 139 days till 3 May 1917.

Albert appears to have been part of 13th Btn when on 1st May 1917 they moved from Arras

"Throughout the night of 1st /2nd May the Bosche had placed a heavy gas shell, shrapnel and high explosive barrage,on the whole area West of Monchy and the ground South of it. The Barrage threw the back area into confusion.

At 3.45 a.m. on 3 May 1917 commenced The Third Battle of The Scarpe our 3rd Barrage in spite of the Gas and lachrymatory fumes which hung about our batteries near Monachy, opened up punctually, it was followed almost immediately by the Enemy's barrage. Two Companies of the 13th moved out of the front trench. Strong Lewis Gun Fire was maintained on the Enemy's front line to prevent his escaping the barrage by leaving his trenches.

A hostile counter attack was launched at the leading Companies from the North and North  East.
It was beaten back..........A second and strong hostile Counter attack which was delivered from the Northern flank, was met very gallantly, but the line was by this time so thin, no support having come up, that a withdrawal was necessary to prevent the troops being cut off."

The Kingsmen consolidated their position, though constantly under heavy fire.

The Battalion lost 10 Officers in that attack but the Battalion Diary does not give other Ranks Casualties. However, the Brigade HQ Diary for May 1917 records total losses of the 13th King's from 2nd to 12th May 1917 as 12 Officers and 46 Other Ranks Killed in Action with 32 Missing  and 139 Wounded.

Albert Edward Adams aged 23 was one of those Statistics whose body was never found.

On the night of 11/12 May 1917 the Btn was relieved and moved back to trenches north of the Cambrai Road.

Albert Edward Adams is listed as killed on 3/5/1917 in the 13th Btn in Everard Wyrall "The History of The King's Regiment  (Liverpool)"

Also the CWGC site lists him KIA in the 13th Btn

He is not recorded in Graham Maddocks ' "Liverpool Pals" as he had transferred from his Pals Battalion to the 13th.

He  has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial Bay 3. He would have been entitled to all 3 Medals. No Soldiers Effects record could be found

Killed On This Day.

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 7th June 1917.
Pte 52098 Alfred Jackson
20 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 7th June 1917.
Pte 23106 Samuel Mcilroy
27 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 7th June 1917.
2nd Lieut George Woods Sharples
33 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 7th June 1917.
Pte 204299 George Wiseman
27 years old