Francis Luke AWMM
Also known as
WWI 44 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 28 June 1915 AWMM Bacchus Marsh, Victoria AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
L Adams, 28 Simeon Street, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 28 June 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
Sinai & Palestine AWMM
Armed force / branch
WWI 44 AWMM
Served in North Battery, Coastal Defence, New Zealand. AWMM
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- Height, WWI AWMM
5' 6.5" AWMM
- Weight, WWI AWMM
151 lb AWMM
- Aug 1916-Nov 1916 AWMMDied of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
Died whilst a Prisoner of War of malaria and diarrhoea AWMM
- Fresh Complexion, Hazel Eyes and Brown Hair Public - Nigel - Researcher - 13 May 2019 - Australian National Archives - WW1 War Records- Francis Luke Adams
Enlisted as Private, 1st Reinforcements, Australian Flying Corps, 28 June, 1915; appointed Air Mechanic, 21 July, 1915. Taken on strength, Flying Corps, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 18 September, 1915.
Taken prisoner of war at Kut-el-Amara; reported to have died of malaria and diarrhoea in Turkish hands.
Statement, Red Cross File No 20401, Lt F.L. Adamsdied at Adana. I do not know the cause or date of death.'
Note on file: 'Died of malaria and diarrhoea in Turkish hands Aug.-Nov. 1916. Previously reported by C. of R. London Prisoner of War captured at Kut-el-Amara 29.4.16.'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Letter, Imperial war Graves Commission to Australian Graves Services, 15 August 1927: 'It was found necessary to remove the bodies of these soldiers [originally buried in other cemeteries] and re-bury them in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. It is very much regretted, however, that when this work was carried out it proved to be impossible to identify the remains of these soldiers individually. There were, therefore, re-buried in certain graves in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. These graves will be marked by Memorials each bearing the name of one of the soldiers and an inscription reading "Buried near this Spot".
Son of Francis Luke Adams and Ellen Fanny Adams, of 105 Simeon Street, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand
Educated at Sydenham, West Christchurch District High and Technical Schools
Left New Zealand to study architecture in Australia
Served through the Mesopotamian campaign with General Townsend to the engagement at Ctesiphon and was taken prisoner at the surrender of Kut-al-Amara
Two sons, brothers served in WW1. Francis Luke Adams (44) served with the Australian Flying Corps and younger brother Edward Leslie Adams (36175) served in France with the New Zealand Machine Gun Company
Died between 1 August and 30 November 1916. Originally interred in in a Prisoner of War Cemetery, Adana about 25 miles west by south of Tarsus, Asia Minor AWMM
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Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery (Plot XXI, Row W, Grave No. 8), Iraq AWMM XXI. W. 8. AWMM
Obituary: The Star, 23 May 1918 AWMM
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