Francis Luke Adams

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Francis Luke Adams served in the Australian Flying Corps in World War One.



Adams was born on the 8th October, 1892 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He lived with his parents Francis Luke Adams Snr. and Ellen Fanny ADAMS at 105 Simeon Street, Addington, New Zealand.He was raised in the Church of England. He went to school in Sydenham, and served in the North Battery, Coastal Defence, New Zealand. He came to Australia at the age of 20. [1] At the start of World War One, Admas was living in Bacchus Marsh where he was working as a carpenter.Adams joined the AIF in Melbourne. Adams enlisted with the AIF in Melbourne, and was appointed as an Air Mechanic with the Australian Flying Corps, 1st Reinforcement. The unit joined the Flying Corps, Mediterranean Expedition Force in the Middle East during World War One. He was reported missing, believed captured as a prisoner of war at Kut-el-Amara.[2]

He was one of 13,000 prisoners captured at the surrender of Kut-al-Amara. He wrote, (through the Red Cross), to a Miss Doris (Dot) Cowan, at Bacchus Marsh, to say he was alright, and was waiting for the end of the war.[2] He was reported to have died of malaria and diarrhoea in Turkish hands in Turkey at the age of 23, approx. August-November 1916. Adams is currently buried at the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery (Plot XXI, Row W, Grave No. 8) in Iraq. A letter from the Imperial war Graves Commission to Australian Graves Services dated 15 August 1927 explained what happened to Adams' and the other prisoners remains: 'It was found necessary to remove the bodies of these soldiers [originally buried in other cemeteries] and re-bury them in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. It is very much regretted, however, that when this work was carried out it proved to be impossible to identify the remains of these soldiers individually. There were, therefore, re-buried in certain graves in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. These graves will be marked by Memorials each bearing the name of one of the soldiers and an inscription reading "Buried near this Spot".[1][3]

Adams was posthomously awared the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.[1]


See also

Bacchus Marsh Shire Honour Roll

World War One



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 University of New South Wales Australian Imperial Force:, accessed 2 February 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Archives of Australia, World War I records, NAA: B2455, ADAMS F L, SERN 44, accessed 28 February 2014
  3. Roll of Honour, Francis Luke Adams, Australian War Memorial,, accessed 28 February 2014
  4. Air Mechanic Francis Luke Adams, Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour,

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