(Service number 564)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||Unknown||Place of Birth||Fairlie|
|Date||1 September 1914||Age||23|
|Address at Enlistment||Sydney, Australia|
|Previous Military Experience||Two years senior cadets; one year Tumbarumba, NSW, Rifle Club; two years 2nd Infantry, NZ Infantry|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M. Adamson (wife), c/- Mrs Chaffery, Howard Cottage, East St, Chickerell, Weymouth, England|
|Served with||Australian Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship|
|Date||20 October 1914|
|Other Units Served With||3rd Battalion|
|Last Unit Served With||3rd Battalion (Infantry), Australian Army|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||25 July 1916||Age||25|
|Place of Death||Pozieres, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Villers–Bretonneux Memorial, France|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial; Albury War Memorial|
A son of Adam and Lucy (nee Jones) Adamson who later (from about 1917) had a small fruit farm at Hook near Waimate. Harry was also the grandson of Thomas & Margaret Adamson of ‘Roseburn’ Lower Opawa Valley Rd (Mt Nessing Rd).
When Harry was aged two, his family moved to Albury where his father worked as a foreman. Harry attended Albury School, but later moved to Sydney around 1913 (he appeared in court for failing to turn up to a parade in St Andrews in 1913 while working at the Pareora Freezing Works). Later still he married in England, but left no children.
Harry was killed in action in France in 1916, but his body was not recovered.
AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army; Australian War Memorial www.awm.gov.au; http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=3022237; CWGC (18 June 2014); Albury War Record (South Canterbury Museum); SCRoll web submission from M Hanifin, 24 February 2015; SCRoll web subnmission from J Sutherland, 16 April 2015 and 17 April (specifying that he had found him appearing in court for failing to attend a parade at St Andrews)
No documents available.
Researched and Written by
Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald; Jeremy Sutherland; Tony Rippin
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