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William John ADAMS

William John ADAMS was born in 1886 in Longworth, Berkshire, the second son of Vincent ADAMS who was born in 1852 in Longworth, Berkshire. William became a carpenter as had his father and several generations before them. At the time of his birth his father Vincent, was a 35 year old born in Longworth, Berkshire, and his mother Mary 36 who was born in Chisledon, a village in Highworth Wiltshire. At that time the family were living in Little London, Longworth [ now in Southmoor ],several properties away from Roadside Farm, [later known as Fallowfields Hotel].

Vincent and Mary Jane Tuck had married on 1st November 1875 in Holy Cross Church, Chisledon, Wiltshire, England, where Mary Jane's family home was and in the church where her parents had also married. After their marriage they moved back to Longworth and resided in Richings Row.

Around 1900 the family left Longworth to live in Kingston Bagpuize. Possibly for a change of occupation for Vincent and his boys. They found a home at Windmill Hill, Kingston Hill, Kingston Bagpuize. Here Vincent worked on the farm, William became a jobbing gardener, his brother Frederick an under Carter, Vincent a Farm Horseman, and Albert a farm labourer. William's family moved home again and in 1919 Vincent and Mary Jane Adams were living in the Old School House, Abingdon Road, Kingston Bagpuize.

It would have been about 1914 when William decided to join up, and was recruited into the 8th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment and became Private Adams, no 17982 . The Battalion went to France in 1915, and after many battles, William was killed in action, a casualty from shell fire outside Longueval on 18 August 1916 at the age of 30. He lies in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France.

Caterpillar Cemetery, Longueval

Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, a name given by the Army because of the long valley, now contains 5,573 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War.

William is remembered on the Memorial Plaque in St John the Baptist Church, Kingston Bapuize and on the Memorial stones on Memorial Green. Native of Kingston Bagpuize. Son of Vincent and Mary Jane Adams, of Kingston Bagpuize. William John Adams had been awarded the Victory medal, British medal and Star.

Resources:

The National Archives census; Parish Registers for Holy Cross Church, Chisledon, Wiltshire; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; and Berkshire Electoral Registers.

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