Frank Adams

Frank Mervin Adams (1896 - 1984)

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Frank Mervin Adams
Born in Arlington, Bibury. Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 6 Apr 1920 in Oddington, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdommap
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Father of
Died in Ashleigh, Oddington, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Profile last modified 10 Sep 2019 | Created 29 Apr 2019 | Last significant change: 10 Sep 2019
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  • 1896 0304 Birth: 451) Arlington, Bibury, Gloucestershire, England; resident at: Arlington, Bibury[1]
  • 1896 12/07 Baptism: 151) Bibury, Gloucestershire, England; Abode: Arlington, Gloucestershire[2]
  • 1901 31/03 Census: 62) Arlington, Bibury, Gloucestershire (4) Son; bn: Arlington, Gloucestershire[3]
  • 1911 02/04 Census: 55) Great Barrington, Oxfordshire (15) Son; Odd lad; Domestic; bn: Bibury, Gloucestershire[4]
  • 1914 19/09 WW1 Army Enlistment: Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire; Abode: 44 Great Barrington, nr. Burford, Oxfordshire; No: 12830 Gloster Regiment; bn: Bibury, Gloucestershire; Age: 19 years 5 months; Footman; Unmarried; Height: 5ft 8.25in; Weight: 126.5 lbs; Expanded chest: 36 inches; Complexion: Fresh; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Fair; Religion: Church of England; Assigned to Gloucester Regiment[5]
  • 1914 12/10 WW1 Service Statement: Posted to 10th Battalion, Gloucester Regiment; Private[5]
  • 1915 09/08 WW1 Military History: To France with the British Expeditionary Force[5]
  • 1915 09/08 WW1 Medal Card: Gloucestershires; Private; Regimental Number: 12830; Theatre First Served In: France; Date of Entry Therein: 09/081915 Victory Medal; Roll: L/101.B.; Page: 11; British War Medal; Roll: L/101.B.; Page: 11; 1914-1915 Star; Roll: L/2B; Page: 4; Remarks: Disch (Discharged?)[6]
  • 1915 2509 WW1 Discharge: Bullet wound/fracture to left patella/knee at Loos, France (this was the first day of the British/French attack leaving 10,000 dead out of 50,000 casulties)[5]
  • 1915 03/10 WW1 Military History: Returned from France wounded in left knee[5]
  • 1915 03/10 WW1 Service Statement: Posted to 8 Depot; Private[5]
  • 1915 30/04 WW1 Service Statement: Posted to Com 'Dep', Sutton; Private[5]
  • 1916 29/08 WW1 Service Statement: Discharged no longer physically fit for war service (Para 392 XVI K.R.); C Depot, Sutton; Private[5]
  • 1916 2408 WW1 Pension: Admission to Pension; Award: 12/6 expiring 28/021917[5]
  • 1916 29/08 WW1 Pension: Private; No. 12830; Regiment: Gloucestershire "C" Depot, Sutton Coldfield; Age: 21; Trade: Footman; Address: Barrington, nr. Burford, Oxfordshire (struck out); Character: Good; Single; bn: Bibury, Gloucestershire; Reason: Medically unfit, G.S.W left knee[5]
  • 1916 29/08 WW1 Discharge: No. 12830; Army Rank: Private; Corps: Gloucestershire Regiment, C Depot, Sutton Coldfield; Discharged at Warwick; Age: 21 years 4 months; Height: 5 feet 9 inches; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Fair; Trade: Footman; Intended place of residence: Barrington, Burford, Oxfordshire; Descriptive Marks: G.S.W. Left Knee; Discharged, no longer physically fit. Para. 392 XVI King's Regulations; Military character: Good[5]
  • 1916 2712 WW1 Pension: Broadwell, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire; Prevents 1/2; Earning 5/ a week + board & lodging; 18d/6c; expires 31/081917[5]
  • 1917 1508 WW1 Pension: Saltway Farm, Northleach, Gloucestershire; Prevents 30%; Award 13/9 from 04/04/1917 then 8/3 /65c; expires 03/121918[5]
  • 1918 09/10 WW1 Pension: Prevents 19% Temporary; Service: £27.10[5]
  • 1920 06/04 Marriage: POWELL, Winifred Hilda; 286) Oddington, Gloucestershire (24) Bachelor; Farmer; resident at: Burford, Oxfordshire
  • 1921 14/07 Son's Birth: Raymond; Ash Farm, Icomb, Gloucestershire, England[7]
  • 1922 05/07 Son's Birth: Gordon; Ash Farm, Icomb, Gloucestershire, England[7]
  • 1926 11/10 Son's Admission: Raymond; Icomb C of E School; Residence: Icomb
  • 1927 Kelly's Dir. of Glos.: Powell & Adams; farmers; Ash Farm, Upper Oddington[8]
  • 1927 01 Crash: Bledington, Gloucestershire; of Ash Farm, nr. Icomb; car with milk float
  • 1927 25/04 Son's Admission: Gordon; Icomb C of E School; Residence: Icomb
  • 1931 Kelly's Dir. of Glos.: Powell & Adams; farmers; Ash Farm, Upper Oddington[9]
  • 1946 23/08 Trial: of Oddington; victim of theft of seed wheat
  • 1954 13/10 Wife's Death: POWELL, Winifred Hilda
  • 1954 15/10 Wife's Burial: St. Nicholas Church, Oddington, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1955 13/01 Wife's Will Proved: Winifred Hilda; Oxford, Oxfordshire; Farmer[10]
  • 1958 22/05 Marriage: WHITE, Margery
  • 1984 07/03 Death: Ashleigh, Oddington, Gloucestershire[7]
  • 1984 03 Burial: St. Nicholas Church, Oddington, Gloucestershire[7]


  1. Birth Certificate; Northleach District, Gloucestershire
  2. Bibury Parish Registers; Gloucestershire Archives
  3. UK Census 1901; RG 13/2451; Bibury, Gloucestershire
  4. UK Census 1911: RG13/2451; Bibury, Gloucestershire
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: The National Archives of the UK (TNA).
  6. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association website.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Personal knowledge
  8. Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire 1927
  9. Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire 1931
  10. National Probate Calendar; Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England; 1955

Birth Certificate


Application Number: PAS900920/1

REGISTRATION DISTRICT Northleach 1896 BIRTH in the Sub-district of Bibury in the County of Gloucester

No. 451

1) When and where born Third April 1896 Arlington, Bibury R.W.

2) Name, if any Frank Mervin

3) Sex Boy

4) Name and surname of father Francis Albert Adams

5) Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Emma Jane Adams formerly Stevens

6) Occupation of father Carpenter (Master)

7) Signature, description and residence of informant Emma J. Adams Mother Arlington, Bibury

8) When registered Twenty ninth May 1896

9) Signature of registrar Joseph Soul Registrar

10) Name entered after registration <blank>

CERTIFIED to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of a Register of Births in the District above mentioned. Given at the GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE, under the Seal of the said Office, the 15th day of April 2003

BXBZ 867663

Army Enlistment

Recruit's address No 44 Great Barrington Nr Burford Oxon

Army Form B. I I I.

SHORT SERVICE (THREE years with the Colours.)

ATTESTATION OF 10/ No: 12830 Name: Frank Mervyn Adams Corps: Gloster Regiment


1. What is your Name? Frank Mervyn Adams

2. In or near what Parish or Town were you born? In the Parish of Bibury in or near the twon of <blank> in the County of Gloucestershire

3. Are you a British subject? Yes

4. What is your Age? 19 Years 5 Months

5. What is your Trade or Calling? Footman

6. Have you resided out of your Father's house for three years continuously in the same place, or occupied a house or land of the yearly value of £10 for one year, and paid rates for the same, and in either case, if so, state where? No

7. Are you, or have you been, an Apprentice? If so, where? to whom? for what period? and, when did, or will, the period of your apprenticeship expire? No

8. Are you Married? No

9. Have you ever been sentenced to Imprisonment by the Civil Power? No

10. Do you belong to the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Marines, the Militia, the Special Reserve, the Territorial Force, the Army Reserve, the Militia Reserve, or any Naval Reserve Force? If so, to what unit and Corps? No

11. Have you ever served in the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Marines, the Militia, the Special Reserve, the Territorial Force, the Imperial Yeomanry, the Volunteers, the Army Reserve, the Militia Reserve, or any Naval Reserve Force? If so, state which unit, and cause of discharge. No

12. Have you truly stated the whole, if any, of your previous Service? Yes

13. Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the Military or Naval Forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

14. Are you willing to be vaccinated or re-vaccinated? Yes

15. Are you willing to be enlisted for General Service? Yes

16. Did you receive a Notice, and do you understand its meaning? And who gave it to you? <blank> Name: F. G. Moss Corps: Recruiting Agent

17. Are you willing to serve upon the following conditions provided His Majesty should so long require your services? (a) For a term of three years, unless the War lasts longer than three years, in which case you will be retained until the War is over. If employed with Hospitals, depots of Mounted Units, and Clerks, etc., you will be retained after the termination of hostilities until your services can be spared, but such retention shall in no case exceed six months. If, however, the war is over in less than three years, you will be discharged with all convernient speed Yes

I, Frank Mervyn Adams do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagements made. Frank Mervyn Adams SIGNATURE OF RECRUIT Fred Gus Moss Signature of Witness

OATH TO BE TAKEN BY RECRUIT AT ATTESTATION. I, Frank Mervyn Adams do make Oath, that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to His Majesty King George the Fifth, His Heirs, and Successors, and that I will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend His Majesty, His Heirs, and Successors, in Person, Crown, and Dignity against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of His Majesty, His Heirs, and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me. So help me God.

CERTIFICATE OF MAGISTRATE OR ATTESTATION OFFICER The Recruit above-named was cautioned by me that if he made any false answer to any of the above questions he would be liable to be punished as provided in the Army Act. The above questions were then read to the recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered, or ? to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me. at Stow-on-the-Wold on this 19th day of September 1914. Signature of the Justice. J. Willoughby

Description of Frank Mervyn Adams on Enlistment

Apparent Age 19 years 5 months (To be determined according to the instructions given in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.)

Height 5 feet 8.25 inches.

Weight 126.5 lbs.

Chest measurement {Girth when fully expanded} 36 inches {Range of expansion} 3 inches

Complexion Fresh

Eyes Blue

Hair Fair

Religious denomination {Church of England

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. <blank>

CERTIFICATE OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION I have examined the above-named Recruit and find that he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for the Army Medical Services. He can see at the required distance with either eye: his heart and lungs are healthy: he has the free use of his joints and limbs, and he decalres that is he not subject to fits of any description.

I consider him fit for the Army.

Date September 19 1914 Edem Pening MRCS LRCP Place Stow on the Wold Evesham Surgeon

CERTIFICATE OF PRIMARY MILITARY EXAMINATION I hereby certify that the above-named Recruit was inspected by me, and I consider him fit for service in the General Service and that due care has been exercised in his enlistment.

Date 19th September 1914 W. Grant Captain Place BRISTOL

CERTIFICATE OF APPROVING OFFICER I certify that this Attestation of the above-named Recruit is correct, and properly filled up, and that the required forms appear to have been complied with. I accordingly approve, and appoint him to the Gloucester Regiment

If enlisted by special authority, Army Form B. 201 (or other authority for the enlistment) will be attached to the original attestation.

Date 19th September 1914 W. Grant Captain Place BRISTOL Recruiting Officer

Army Records

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. 12830 Name Adams F.M.

Service towards limited engagement reckons from 19th September 1914 Joined at Bristol on 19-9-14

Corps in which Regt. or Promotions, Reductions, Army Dates served Depot Casulkties, &c. Rank

Gloucester Depot Attested & Booked Pte 19-9-1914

Gloucester 10th Posted Pte 12. 10. 14

8 Depot Posted Pte 3. 10. 15

Com 'Dep' Posted Pte 30 4 16 Sutton


Total Service towards Engagement to 29. 8. 16 (date of discharge) 1 years 346 days " " " Pension " ( " ) 1 "346 "


1. Service at Home and Abroad.


Home British 19-9-14 8. 8. 15 324

Expdy Force, France 9. 8. 15 2. 10. 15 55

Home 3. 10. 15 29. 8. 16 332

1 346

2. Army School and other certificates of education <blank>

3. Passed Classes of Instruction <blank>

4. Campaigns Home, 19914 to 8. 8. 15: 3. 10. 15 to 29. 8. 16 Expeditionary Force, France 8 AUG 1915 to 2. 10. 15

5. Wounded In the field :- B.W. Left Knee 2. 10. 15

6. Effects of wounds <blank>

7. Special instances of gallant conduct and mentions in public despatches <blank>

8. Medals, decorations, and annuities <blank>

9. Injuries in or by the Service <blank>

10. Name and Address of next of kin Father Mr. A. Adams 44 Great Barrington Nr. Burford Oxon

Mother Emily

11. Particulars as to Marriage <blank>

12. Particulars as to Children <blank>

Serial No. Glos/383 Army Form B. 268.


No. 12830 Army Rank Private

Name: Frank Mervyn Adams (The name must agree strictly with that on enlistmenet, unless changed subsequently by authority.)


Battalion, Battery, Company, Depot, &c.: C. Depot, Sutton Coldfield

Date of discharge: 29. 8. 16

Place of discharge: WARWICK

1. Description at the time of discharge

Age: 21 years 4 months

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Chest measurement {girth when fully expanded <blank> ins. {range of expansion <blank> ins.

Complexion: <blank>

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Fair

Trade: Footman

Intended place of residence: Barrington, Burford, Oxfordshire

Descriptive Marks: G.S.W. Left Knee

2. The above-named man is discharged in consequence of DISCHARGED. NO LONGER PHYSICALLY FIT FOR WAR SERVICE Para. 392 XVI K.R. C Depot, S. Coldfield, 15. 8. 16

3. Military Character: Good

4. Character awarded in accordance with King's Regulations: Conduct during his service has been very good. Wounded in action. G.S.W. Left Knee

Certified that the above is an accurate copy of the character given by me on Army Form B. 2067.


5. He is in possession of the following number of G.C. badges (if the man is a N.C.O. and enlisted prior to 1st July, 1881, the number he would have been entitled to had he not been promoted should be stated). Is it probable that he will be entitled to another good conduct badge before the confirmation of these proceedings? <blank>

6. Campaigns, Medals and Decorations Expeditionary France 9.8.15 to 2.10.15 Certificate of education <blank>

7. His accounts are correctly balanced, and I have impartially inquired into all matters brought before me in accordance with Regulations. <blank>

8. Certificate to be signed by the soldier on discharge. <blank>

9. Additional certificate in the case of a soldier who takes his discharge at his own request. <blank>

10. Statement of service. Service towards engagement to 29816 (the date to which the record of service is completed) 1 years 346 days. Further service " " (the date of confirmation of discharge) " "

Total 1 " 346 "

11. Confirmation of discharge. The discharge of the above-named man is hereby confirmed for 29.8.16 (date)

(place) WARWICK. Signature illegible (Date) 29th August 1916 Major, for Colonel, i/c Infantry Records

Commanding officers (or the Paymaster, if at Netley) will issue to every discharged soldier whose claim to pension, either on account of service or disability, is to be brought under the consideration of the Chelsea Board, a memorandum for his guidance on Army Form D.401, and will at the same time transmit to the Secretary, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, a descriptive return of the man on Army Form D.400.

Chelsea Number} 42320 E

Admission to Pension: 24 AUG. 1916

Rank: Private

Name: Frank Mervyn Adams

Regiment: Gloucestershire "C" Depot, Sutton Coldfield

Date of Discharge: 29. 8. 16

Age on commencement of Pension} 21

Trade: Footman

Address: Barrington, Burford, Oxon (struck through)

Character: Good

Badges: <blank>

Medals: <blank>

Place of Birth: Bibury, Gloucestershire

Pension District: War Office

BOARD'S DECISION (Pension per week): 12/6

Names of Children: Single

Service: 1 11/12 years

Foreign Services: G.W. France 2 months 9. 8. - 2. 10 / 15

Date of Enlistment: 19. 9. 14 Date of Mobilisation: <blank>

A.F. D400 and D453 issued. 28. 8. 1916

CAUSE OF DISCHARGE: Medically unfit G.S.W. left knee

REPORT OF MEDICAL BOARD (dated 15. 8: 16) In action 25.9:15 at Loos. Bullet enetered left knee under outer border of patella, making exit in front of patella & fracturing it. Would healed nicely. Complains that knee is weak & lets him down frequently. 4 months treatment with no improvement. PERMANENT PREVENTS 1/2

Expires 28-2-17

Matter now Submitted Invalid Board No. Board's Decision

Latest address 27 DEC 1916 1016 18d / 6c Broadwell Earning 5/ a week Moreton-in-Marsh & board & lodging expires 31. 8. 17 Gloucestershire 18d / 6c Report of Med. Bd. 6-12-16 Prevents 1/2

Latest address 15 AUG 1917 8011 Increase Current Award Saltway Farm to 13/9 from 4.4.17 Northleach Prevents 30% then Gloucestershire 83 65 c

Report of Med. Bd. 16-7-17 Expires 3. 12. 18 Prevents less than 30% 2. DGGRS 25.7.17

Report of Med. Bd. 27-9-18 .9..10.1918 1018 Graty. Ant. 1.(3) 19% T Prevents 19% Temporary Service (1) £25 2.10


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