ADAMS, Gilbert Waynflete

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
World War I (1914-1918)
Date of Enlistment
Date of Discharge
Place of Enlistment
Liverpool NSW

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Hobart, Tasmania
Address (at enlistment)
Cremorne NSW (previously Acton ACT)
Surveyor & draftsman
Next of Kin
Blanche Adams (wife), Paddington NSW

Unit and Rank Details

Final Rank
Final Unit
13 Battalion AIF


Adams was the son of a Tasmanian judge and was employed as an assistant surveyor and draftsman in the Lands and Survey Branch of the Department of Home Affairs from 1 October 1913 working with Percy Sheaffe and Arthur Percival. He was a foundation member of the Canberra Rifle Club in May 1914 and its first treasurer. When he enlisted in September 1915 he was working for the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in Sydney. Before the war he had served with the Australian Intelligence Corps and because of his experience he qualified as a 2nd Lieutenant. Adams arrived in France in June 1916 with the 13th Battalion but shortly afterwards was seconded for duty with the 4th Training Battalion in England. He rejoined his Battalion in France in May 1917 but fell ill two months later and returned to Australia where he was struck off strength in September 1917. His first wife died in 1923 and he then married Isabella Carlile, daughter of Sir Edward Carlile KC and Lady Carlile and herself a nurse during the war, on 18 May 1925. Adams was living in Sydney when he died on 10 November 1967.

Description - height 5 feet 11½ inches, weight 175 pounds, chest 38-41 inches, Church of England.


National Archives (A207) G1915/1314 Director Lands & Survey - Removal to Melbourne
National Library of Australia : Canberra Rifle Club Minute Book 1914-1939 (manuscript call no. NLA MS3996)
Queanbeyan Age - 23 June 1914
Sydney Morning Herald - 11 November 1967
The Argus (Melbourne) - 15 June 1925
C.D. Coulthard-Clark, 'The Citizen General Staff - The Australian Intelligence Corps 1907-1914', 1976
Stories from the ACT Memorial, 'The Bachelor Quarters', ACT Heritage Library
Information provided by Dr. Kirsty Harris

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