1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 332819 William Adams
- Age: 25
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- K.I.A Friday 8th November 1918
- Commemorated at: Dourlers Cc Ext
Panel Ref: II.C6
William Adams was born in Liverpool in 1893 and was baptised on 02/7/1893 at St Gabriel, Toxteth the son of William Adams and Elizabeth Alice Gibson who were married 26/1/1891 at St Gabriel, Toxteth.
1901 Census – 36 Robertson Road, Toxteth Park - Parents William and Elizabeth with children William, Martha, John and Christina.
1911 Census - 303 Beaufort Street, Toxteth Park - Parents with William, Martha, John, Thomas, Albert and Elsie - They had been married 20 years with 8 children born and 7 surviving. They also had another daughter Evelyn in 1915. His father, William Adams Senior died 26/12/1915.
William enlisted in Liverpool joining the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 332819.
At the time of his death on 8th November 1918, warfare had become mobile, with the British Army harrying the Germans, who would retreat to a position, fight, then retreat once more. The day before he was killed the Battalion had just marched from Mariollers to Marbaix in France, when it was ordered to take a position in the line near Marbaix, from the 1/5th Gloucestershire Regiment. On the following day, 8th November an attack was commenced at 07.30am supported by the 100th Battalion Machine Gun Corps and artillery fire. Despite their support, the advancing troops encountered fierce rifle and machine gun fire from the German position’s.
Although the attack was eventually successful, two more officers and thirty six other ranks were to be wounded, and fourteen other ranks Killed, only three days before the Armistice.
William was one of those other ranks killed in action that day. He was 25 years of age and was one of the last of the Liverpool Pals to fall, just three days before the Armistice.
He now lies in Dourlers CC Extension Cemetery, France.
His mother Elizabeth died 25/7/1949.