(Service number 564)

Aliases Harry
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date Unknown Place of Birth Fairlie

Enlistment Information

Date 1 September 1914 Age 23
Address at Enlistment Sydney, Australia
Occupation Slaughterman
Previous Military Experience Two years senior cadets; one year Tumbarumba, NSW, Rifle Club; two years 2nd Infantry, NZ Infantry
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs M. Adamson (wife), c/- Mrs Chaffery, Howard Cottage, East St, Chickerell, Weymouth, England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 20 October 1914
Transport HMAT Euripides
Embarked From Sydney Destination
Other Units Served With 3rd Battalion
Last Unit Served With 3rd Battalion (Infantry), Australian Army

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 25 July 1916 Age 25
Place of Death Pozieres, France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Villers–Bretonneux Memorial, France
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial; Albury War Memorial; Mackenzie War Memorial, Fairlie, 2016 additions

Biographical Notes

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;; 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)

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Researched and Written by

Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald; Jeremy Sutherland; Tony Rippin

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