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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
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
  • Died on Thursday 3rd May 1917
  • Commemorated at: Arras Memorial
    Panel Ref: Bay 3
Albert Edward was born in Prescot, Lancs, in  the September quarter of 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 the September quarter of 1874.

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

The 1911 Census self completed by his 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 fourteen children, five of whom sadly died pre 1911. (Alice 1876, Beatrice 1899, Adelina 1903, Annie 1903 & May 1904). Albert was the twelfth child of the fourteen born, he had two younger sisters and one elder brother and ten elder sisters.

On 05th November 1914 Albert then aged 21 years and 110 days enlisted in the 20th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 22002. He is described as being 5 foot 6 inches, with a 36 inch chest, weighing 122 pounds. He is described as having brown hair and brown eyes. His religion is atated as Methodist. 
He listed his father Thomas Adams as his next of kin, he was now living at 8 Wood Street, Widnes.

Formed in November 1914 the 20th Battalion were originally billeted at Tournament Hall, Knotty Ash before on 29th January 1915 they moved to the hutted accommodation purposely built at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 20th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. 

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

On 7 November 1915 he and was posted with his Battalion to France for 361 days until 02nd November 1916 when he was then home for 43 Days. He returned to France and was posted to the 13th Battalion from 16 December 1916 for 139 days until 03rd May 1917.

Albert was part of 13th Btn when on 01st May 1917 they moved from Arras. TYhe battalion diary records the events of the action in which Albert was killed: 

"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. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France at Bay 3.

He earned his three medals.

No Soldiers Effects record could be found for Albert Edward.

Killed On This Day.

(105 Years this day)
Tuesday 24th October 1916.
Pte 33220 David Brocken
24 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 24th October 1917.
Pte 17690 Henry Phipps
22 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 24th October 1917.
Pte 308326 James Speakman
26 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 24th October 1918.
Serjeant 17245 Robert George Evans (MM)
22 years old