Adams, Air Mechanic Francis Luke (44)

No 30 Sqn RFC

Francis Adams came from Christchurch, New Zealand, and served for two years in the NZ Garrison Artillery before the War. He was working as a Carpenter, and was aged 22 when he enlisted in the AFC at the Central Flying School, Werribee, Victoria, on 21 July 1915. He left from Melbourne on HMAT A34 Persic on 10 August 1915 as part of the 1st Reinforcements to the 1st Half Flight AFC in Mesopotamia. On arrival at the front he was taken on the strength of Indian Expeditionary Force “D” on 18 September, by which time the Australian 1st Half-Flight had been incorporated into No 30 Sqn RFC. After the British withdrawal to Kut-al-Amara, nine Australian mechanics from No 30 Sqn, including AM Adams, were trapped in Kut with the garrison and were taken Prisoners of War following the fall of the city on 29 April 1916.

After capture, AM Adams died from malaria some time between August and November 1916.
AM Francis Adams is buried in Grave XXI.W.8 at Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery, Iraq.

Photograph courtesy of, F.L. Adams' obituary The Star, 23 May 1918 - No known copyright restrictions

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