Henry Adamson

Henry Bardell Adamson

Personal Details

Henry Bardell Adamson, born in Foleshill, Warwickshire on 14 December 1881, the eldest son of the Rev James Bardell Adamson and the late Sarah Sibyl Adamson of 4 Claremont Buildings, Shrewsbury. The Rev Bardell was vicar of Burleydam, Cheshire between 1888 and 1915 and is buried with his wife in the churchyard.

Henry attended Marlborough College, gaining a place to study classics at Selwyn College, Cambridge, being awarded both a BA and MA. After he left Selwyn College, he taught classics at Solihull Grammar School, followed by a position at Aldenham School from whence he joined up and left for the front.

Henry is commemorated on the memorials at Solihull School, Marlborough College and Aldenham School as well as Burleydam. He is also commemorated on the gravestone of his parents’ grave in Burleydam churchyard.

Military Details

Regiment : 21st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)
Rank : Captain
Service Number :

Died of wounds; France 30 October 1916 Aged 34

Medals and Awards
Henry was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

Will of Henry Bardell Adamson
Adamson, Henry Bardell of 4 Claremont-buildings Shrewsbury captain 21st battalion West Yorkshire Regiment died 30 October 1916 at 2 British Red Cross Hospital Rouen France Probate Shrewsbury 13 December tothe reverend James Bardell Adamson and the reverend Walter Bidlake clerks. Effects £1198 10s. 9d.

Taken from Forces War Records

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