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Francis Luke Adams

Portrait, Obituary The Star, 23 May 1918 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Obituary The Star, 23 May 1918 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Luke AWMM
  • Surname
    Adams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Frank AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 44 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 October 1892 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra SydenhamChristchurch Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • 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
  • Relationship status
    Pre 28 June 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Sinai & Palestine AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 44 AWMM
  • Military service
    Served in North Battery, Coastal Defence, New Zealand. AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 28 June 1915 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Age 22 AWMM
    Carpenter/Civilian Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    MelbourneVictoria Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery (Plot XXI, Row W, Grave No. 8), Iraq AWMM XXI. W. 8. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: The Star, 23 May 1918 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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13 May 2019NigelAlbury NSW, AustraliaResearcher

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