Friday 31 December 2010

Private John Mitchell Adams

Born on 13 April 1899 in Brantford, Ontario - son of James and Margaret E. Adams - enlistment papers state present address as 162 Chatham St, Brantford, Ontario, trade as student, marital status single, never before a member of the militia, height of 5 feet 7 inches, chest of 36 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, and a Presbyterian.

Joined the Canadian Army Service Corps on 16 April 1917 (number 514272) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 27 or 28 March 1918 - killed in action on 2 September 1918 during the advance to the Drocourt-Queant Line when he was instantly killed by enemy shrapnel - his body was found between Moulin Damiens and the Sand Pit - buried in Dury Mill Cemetery (grave I.C.20), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Library and Archives Canada, RG 150, 1992-93/314, War Graves Registry: Circumstances of Death Records)

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