John Stanley Adams MM

Jul 15, 1892

Born at Belleville Ontario


Jan 10, 1912

Married to Alice May Caldwell at Bancroft Ontario

His brother, Robert Tracey Adams would later marry Alice’s sister on his return from France


Dec 7, 1915

Shown on payroll for the 155th Battalion at Bancroft Ontario


Jan 7, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Bancroft Ontario

 Ø  Number 636286

Ø  Next of kin given as Fred Adams (father) of Hermon Ontario

o   Even though he gave his father as next of kin, he was married

Ø  Previous occupation given as Engineer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian


Jun 8, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax


Even though his record indicates that he was promoted to rank of Sgt, he is shown on the Embarkation Roll as a Pte.


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the 154th Battalion at Bramshott


Dec 12, 1916

On Particulars of Family form, he declared that his mother was not alive and that he had 1 son, Stanley Maurice Adams, age 2 years, 2 months

Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling Camp

At some point the 6th Reserve Battalion moved to Seaford


Nov 13, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte in order to proceed to France


Nov 14, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Nov 24, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field

The Battalion was in the front line trenches in the Acheville Section, with the Battalion HQ in Winnipeg Road

At this time his brother, Robert Tracey Adams was in England recovering from a bout of Pneumonia


Jan 7, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge

This was awarded for 2 years of Good Service


Apr 9, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl to replace L/Cpl James Howarth, 59485, who had been promoted

This is dated April 9, 1917, both in his file and in the Part II Orders, but is entered into those Part II Orders on May 6, 1918, so the 1917 date must be in error, as he was not a member of the Battalion at that time.


Apr 29, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with bullet wounds to his left arm and hip, then transferred to the No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) the same day.  Later that evening he was transferred via the No 27 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Apr 30, 1918

Admitted to No 16 General Hospital at Le Treport


May 4, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


May 5, 1918

Admitted to Fulham Military Hospital at Hammersmith


May 15, 1918

The Battalion War Diary makes note of the announcement of the award of his Military Medal for his actions on the night of April 28/29 during the attack at Neuville Vitasse when he was wounded


Jun 6, 1918

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton


Aug 29, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30873



Oct 22, 1918

Transferred to the No 5 Canadian General Hospital at Kirkdale, Liverpool


Oct 30, 1918

Invalided to Canada, embarking the Hospital Ship Neuralia at Liverpool



Nov 10, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Nov 13, 1918

Posted to the Hospital Section of Queen’s University


Nov 23, 1918

Admitted to the Queen’s University Military Hospital at Kingston Ontario

His brother Robert Tracey Adams arrived in Kingston on January 27 1919 and granted leave until February 10, at which time he returned to the Casualty Company at Kingston.  It is certain that they would have met and spent some time together before Robert was discharged on March 24, 1919


Feb 18, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until March 4, 1919


Mar 31, 1919

Medical Board at Kingston notes:

 Ø  Patient suffers from Tuberculosis (infection) of right hip, resulting from bullet wounds

Ø  Also suffers from Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Ø  His right hip and leg are in a splint to ease pressure and he walks with crutches

Ø  He has limited use of left arm due to bullet damage to bone causing Ankylosis of joint (Rigidity) which is caused by compound fractures of the Humerus

Ø  Board recommends that he be discharged from the CEF into the care of the SCR (Soldier’s Civil Re-Establishment) Commission for further treatment


Apr 8, 1919

Report from Queen’s University Military Hospital, Kingston, reports slight improvement of lung function but still requires hospital treatment under the SCR

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario

 Ø  Discharged as being Medically Unfit

Ø  Rank on discharge L/Cpl

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 91874

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued number c55537

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge – 236 Stuart St, Kingston Ontario

o   This was a part of the Kingston General Hospital

Ø  To continue treatment under SCR care


May 27, 1924

John Adams died at the Christie St Hospital in Toronto Ontario from Tuberculosis of the right hip with a contributing lung infection.


He was buried in the Herman United Church Cemetery, Herman, Ontario



Feb 12, 1925

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following were sent to his widow, Mrs Alice Adams at Detlor Ontario

 Ø  British War Medal

Ø  Victory Medal

Ø  Military Medal

Ø  Plaque & Scroll

Ø  Memorial Cross

The Memorial Cross was sent as his death was determined to be “attributable to Military Service”


Return to Tribute list