Captain John Valentine Adair


John Valentine Adair was born on 13 February 1889 at Beechy Park, Rathvilly, County Carlow, son of land agent John Olphert Adair and his wife Elizabeth Frances Adair (formerly Hall-Dare). He was educated at Harrow.

On 28 November 1914 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the North Irish Horse and seven months later promoted to Lieutenant.

Adair embarked for France on 1 May 1915 with D Squadron of the North Irish Horse. (The D Squadron diary includes a number of references to him.) He was gazetted as temporary captain from 16 November 1916, a promotion that was later confirmed, with seniority from 10 May 1916.

During 1918 Adair was attached to the 12th Lancers, and while serving with that regiment was awarded a Military Cross for 'conspicuous gallantry' in the last days of the war.

In the operations east of Landrecies from 5th/11th November, and particularly in the neighbourhood of Hestrud on 10th November, 1918, he carried out several personal reconnaissances of the enemy's position under very heavy fire, never failing under the most trying circumstances to obtain a definite and accurate report of the situation, and exposing himself fearlessly on every occasion to obtain it.

Adair remained in the military, being awarded an Iraq Active Service Medal in the 1920s.