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