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Edwin Lloyd Adams


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Serial No. 1991

1st Light Horse Regiment & 5th Divisional Ammunition Column


Edwin Lloyd Adams - Information

Edwin was a son of Luddenham born George John and Jane Adams. One of many children, Edwin was born in Camden on the 11th of June 1893. He resided with his family in Werombi and eventually began working as a drover. At the age of 22, he decided to enlist in the AIF at Warwick Farm on the 23rd of August 1915. Edwin was soon joined by his older brother, John George, known as Jack, who signed up to serve several days later. Edwin and Jack became Troopers with the 14th Reinforcements, 1st Light Horse Regiment. In December, the townspeople gave Edwin and Jack a farewell party on the Werombi School grounds. They said goodbye to their family as they were shipped out from Sydney on the 15th of January 1916 onboard the RMS Osterley.

Edwin and Jack arrived in Egypt in early March, and were taken on strength to the 1st Light Horse Reserve Regiment in Heliopolis. However, at the time, there was a great demand for artillery units on the Western Front. This prompted both Edwin and Jack to transfer to the 5th Division Artillery at Tel-el-Kebir on the 12th of April 1916. They were then posted as Gunners to the 5th Divisional Ammunition Column at Ferry Post. In mid May, Edwin was stationed to the No. 3 Section and was appointed Driver. The following month, Edwin and Jack proceeded to France. On the Western Front, they helped to provide valuable artillery support for the troops for operations. On the 17th of February 1917, Edwin was appointed Acting Bombardier, however, reverted to Driver in May. In mid September, he reported sick with venereal disease, admitted to the 10th Stationary Hospital, and later the 39th General Hospital. He returned to duty in November during a very bitter winter. Unluckily, Edwin then came down with the mumps in March 1918. Edwin survived the war, and in March 1919 was transported to England to the No. 2 Command Depot in Parkhouse. He was then sent back to Australia on the 5th of April 1919 and returned to his family in Werombi.