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Private (later Sergeant) Charles Adams

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Charles Samuel ADAMS

Ancestor's date of birth: 04/1881 (in Sydney)

Ancestor's date of death: 1939

Cause of Death: Tuberculosis (he had been in the Waterfall Sanitarium)

Service Number: ?

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: 3 NSW Mounted Rifles / Haslers Scouts

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 26/08/1914

Murray Page: Does not appear in Murray (evidence of service is based on his WW1 service record)

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 17/03/1901 (most likely)

Memorial details: No details available

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Transvaal, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Good horseman, bushman. Height: 179 cm, Weight: 76 kg (1918)

Reasons to go and fight: military family

Details of service in war: Hasler's scouts were the guard (scouting) element of the NSW Mounted Brigade, formed by the bringing together the 2nd and 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles; the name was taken from that of the commander, a Captain Hasler. PTE Adams would have served with 3 NSWMR and Hasler's scouts April 1901 - April 1902 in Free State and East Transvaal including Boer breakthrough at Langverwacht (24 February 1902).

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as an armourer for the defence department. In 1914 he indicated he was a widower with one child, later he indicated he was married but not living with his wife; he had been drawing a spouse benefit. Joined 3 Bn AIF as a private 26 August 1914, promoted Armoury Sergeant 1 September 1914. Served at Gallipoli. Wounded in Action, France 18 August 1918. He went AWOL in Capetown for 8 Days on return from Europe after WW1 which is suggestive that he had contacts there. Was a private at the time of his discharge from the AIF. His service record indicates his WW1 medals were awarded, withdrawn, then awarded again; all interesting.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Richard Edward HELM, Warrane TAS
Relationship to Ancestor: Mother's, mother's brother


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