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Burton upon Trent
John Edward Adams was born in 1884 at Burton upon Trent and was the son of John George Adams, born in Burton on Trent, working as a boiler maker. and Louisa Adams, born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Siblings: John, born in 1884 and Charlotte 1888. The family lived at 16 Livingstone Terrace, Bunbury Street Meadows, Nottingham. John Edward lived with his common law wife Bessie Harrell (born at Worcester in 1883) at 20 Livingstone Terrace, Bunbury Street, Nottingham, Bessie had two children Jack Harrell born 27th December 1904 and George William Harrell born 9th March 1907, they also had the following children, Florence born 29th November 1908, Joseph born 5th February 1911, Henry Alfred born 5th February 1913 and Ernest Edward born 7th January 1915. In 1911 census the family are living at 12 Paradise Street, Nottingham, they are shown as John Edward Adams 27 yrs an iron labourer, he is living with Bessie Adams 28 yrs a lace washer shown as his wife and their children, George Adams 4 yrs, Florence Adams 2 yrs and Joseph Adams 2 months of age. John stated they had been married for 6 yrs and have had 4 children. (there is no trace of any marriage on the BMD index, also his pension record card states Bessie Harrell was his unmarried wife) Following his death Bessie Harrell was awarded a pension of 24 shillings a week which commenced on 19th September 1916 later increased to 30 shillings a week.
He was an iron labourer.
25 Sep 1915
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9th Bn Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
Private John Edward Adams, enlisted at Nottingham, he served with the 9th Battalion Rifle Brigade. He landed in France on 23rd June 1915. He was killed in action on 25th September 1915 and having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial.
hIs brother Pte. George Adams, 16th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, was killed in action on 20th September 1917. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘’In Memoriam’, 25 September 1918: Adams. In loving memory of Rfn JE Adams, presumed killed September 25th 1915; also his only brother George, killed in action September 22nd (sic) 1917. Days of remembrance, sad to recall. Wife and family’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘’In Memoriam’, 25 September 1918: Adams. In loving memory two sons, Jack and George, killed September 22nd (sic) and 25th. Loving mother, father, and sisters. (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) 'In Memoriam' published 22nd September 1919: 'ADAMS. – In loving memory of my dear husband George killed Sept. 22nd, 1917; also his only brother, Jack, killed Sept. 25th, 1915. To-day recalls sad memories. – Wife and children.” Courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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