Arthur Frederick Adams


Nov 24, 1877

Born at Kent England to Charles William and Emily Agnes (nee Hardy) Adams


Feb 12, 1899

Married to Alice Elizabeth White in England 

Alice died in 1908


May 17, 1910

Embarked the SS Lake Erie at London with 2 daughters


May 27, 1910

Disembarked and proceeded to Kingston Ontario 

The 1911 Census shows him living with his sister and brother-in-law in Toronto along with his 2 daughters, Alice and Elsie.


Jul 9, 1915

Shown on the payroll for the 12th Regiment, York Rangers at Toronto


Jul 16, 1915

Attested into the 83rd Battalion at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Number 171017

Ø      Next of kin given as Katie Adams (sister) of 7 Abbs Ave, Toronto Ontario

o       He declared that he was a widower

Ø      Former occupation given as Laborer

Ø      Stated to be a current member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers, Canadian Militia

Ø      Stated to be a widower

o       Former wife’s name was Alice E Adams

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

Although he held the rank of Cpl with the 12th Regiment, he was Attested into the 83rd Battalion as a Private


Sep 24, 1915

Transferred to the Service Company


Sep 25, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican at Montreal Quebec as part of the Battalion’s 1st Reinforcing Draft


Oct 6, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion


Jan 27, 1916

Forfeits 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Disembarked in France and joined the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre. 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 15, 1916

Left the CBD to join his unit


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the N & O Trenches near Ridgewood


Sep 15, 1916

Pte Adams was first reported Missing, but later was reported to have been Killed in action at Courcelette during the attack on a strong point in a Sugar Refinery

For some reason, when the burial parties were deployed, his body could no longer be identified and was buried as an Unknown Soldier and commemorated on the memorial at Vimy Ridge

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his daughter, Miss Alice Adams, c/o Mrs Kate Baker, 96 Bartlett Ave, Toronto Ontario



During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte AF Adam's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Arthur Adams being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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