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John Henry Adams

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John Henry Adams
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 21 Apr 1921
Place of Birth Tambellup, Western Australia
Death 25 Jun 1976, aged 55
Place of Death Albany, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years old
Description 5'10½" (1.79m) tall ; ; brown eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Tile maker
Religion Roman Catholic
Address c/- McNess drive, Roleystone, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Peggy Adams
Military Information
Reg Number W80274 & WX34288
Date of Enlistment 19 Oct 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 63rd Australian Supply Depot Platoon
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 4 Oct 1944 ‒ 10 Oct 1944
Transport Details MS Gorgon Brisbane to Aitape, New Guinea
Journey Dates ‒ 23 Nov 1945
Transport Details unknown Wewak to Australia
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

Married 26 Apr 1941 to Peggy Cross. Peggy died 20 Jan 2005 aged 82 at Coogee, Western Australia.

War Service

Enlisted in the CMF (Militia) on 17 Apr 1942 at Claremont. On 1 May 1942 he was posted to the 8th Australian Supply Company AASC. On 7 Jul 1942 John was admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital at Hollywood, and was released to the 8th Australian Supply Company on 13 Aug 1942. John was granted leave periods (with pay) from 11 Aug 1942 until 14 Sep 1942 ; from 12 Oct - 15 Oct 1942, and from 1 - 7 Jan 1943. In between, on 30 Oct 1942 John had enlisted in the 2nd AIF with a change of regimental number.


On 22 Feb 1944 he entrained for Victoria, arriving there on 26 Feb 1943. Sent to join the 63rd Australian Supply Depot Platoon at Watsonia camp, from 5 Jun 1944 he was detached to the 120th Australian General Transport Company, then in Queensland. Returned to his unit on 15 Jul 1944, from 4 - 8 Aug 1944 he was in the care of the 77th Australian Camp Hospital.


On 4 Oct 1944, along with his unit he embarked on MS Gorgon in Brisbane for Aitape on the north coast of Papua, New Guinea, arriving there and disembarking on 10 Oct 1944. On 22 Nov 1944 he was admitted to the 30th USA Evacuation Hospital (diagnosis unknown). released back to his unit on 28 Nov 1944, he remained with them until 6 Aug 1945 when he was admitted to the 2/11th Australian General Hospital suffering with dyspepsia. He rejoined his unit on 17 Aug 1945. On 14 Nov 1945 he was transferred to the 6th Division Reception Camp as a first step towards his discharge, and he arrived back in Australia on 23 Nov 1945.

John arrived in Perth on 1 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 3 Dec 1945 at Karrakatta.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 cnr Albany highway and Wellington street, Albany, Slaughterman; 1958 - 1972 at 15 Short place, Albany. carrier.

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