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Corporal William Hanna Adams



Adams WH


William Hanna Adams was born on 3 March 1885 at Gate End, Ballymoney, son of labourer John Adams and his wife Sarah (nee Workman). The family moved to Belfast around 1890.

On 25 November 1908 he married factory worker Maggie Wilson Ross at Coleraine. He occupation at the time was coachman.

Adams enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Antrim in June or July 1915 (No.1700).

At the end of December 1916 he was one of forty North Irish Horsemen who transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (No.40635). They embarked for France on 9 January 1917 and were posted to the 10th Battalion, joining it at Ploegsteert Wood on the Ypres front. Adams was posted to B Company.

On 8 August 1917 Adams was killed in action during the opening phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. The battalion war diary for the day reads:

The enemy at intervals shelled the front line & supports ... The shells are mostly H.E. of large calibre, with a good few shrapnel and armour piercing shells. The total casualties, including last nights are:- 2 Other Ranks killed, 24 O.Rs. gassed and 18 O.Rs. wounded. "B" Company suffered very heavily in casualties.

As he has no known grave, Corporal Adams is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlanderen, Belgium, Panel 22.


Image of Corporal Adams sourced from Coleraine's Road to the Somme facebook page. Memorial image provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project, www.twgpp.org.