Huthwaite War Memorial Project

Adams B. W. 13645

Ben W Adams

Benjamin William Adams

Private 13645 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 1st Battalion

Killed in Action Flanders 4th Mar 1917 : Aged 28

Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 10C 10D and 11A

Enlisting 24th Aug 1914 at Mansfield; Ben is also listed upon two Sutton Memorials having become a town resident with wife Catherine at 51 Lime Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield while he worked at Brierley Pit. Born in Huthwaite c1889 local research revealed his father also a coal miner named Benjamin was native of Pinxton, with mother Alice Adams born in Boston, Lincolnshire.

"I am writing to give you what information I can about Ben in answer to your sister's letter. I will tell you all I know up to leaving him on the morning of the 4th. of March. We were both stretcher bearers together. Several of our platoon got wounded. Ben and me saw three in a shell hole, so we both began to bind them, but having no stretcher with us and them being unable to walk I lifted one fellow up and started to carry him away, leaving Ben in the shell hole looking after the other two. I was going to take a stretcher back but they kept on firing at us as I was going back and wounded the fellow I was carrying again. I put him down and he died. I saw a stretcher and was going to pick it up when I was shot through the back of the neck, and I never saw Ben after leaving him in the shell hole. One fellow says he saw him going out on a stretcher, but none of our company carried him out. I have enquired of them all. If I can get to know any more I will write and tell you. I am very sorry that I cannot find out for you where or what became of him because no doubt Ben told you me and him were great chums, and he was well liked by everybody in the company. He was always a big-hearted fellow. I know it must be very sad for you, not knowing what has come of him, but if he had been killed that day they would have found him by now, as they are miles in front of that position. I think he must have been taken away and died in some clearing station, and very likely he had nothing on him to identify him, and they have buried him as an unknown British soldier, or you would have heard from him by now. L.-Cpl. W. Mills was in another platoon and never saw him that day at all, and he is sorry he cannot give you any information."
From L.-Cpl. W. Freeman.
Notts. Free Press 1st. March, 1918.

After being reported as missing since March 4th., 1917, official intimation has been received to presume the death from that date of Pte. Benjamin William Adams, aged 28, of 51, Lime Street, Sutton. The deceased soldier was a stretcher bearer with the 1st. Sherwoods, and enlisted on August 19th. 1914. Prior to that he was employed at the Brierley Hill Colliery.

The following letters were received by his wife:-

"I now take the pleasure of answering the letter you sent me. I am very sorry that I can't give you any information of your husband, Ben. I have inquired all round the Battalion, and I had a few words with one who saw him last, and he said that the last time he saw him he was on a stretcher hit in the head, but I don't know anything else. But if I were you I should write up to the War Office and ask for particulars of him. I will keep my ears open, and if I hear anything I will let you know. I am sorry I cannot get to hear of him; he was a good chum with me." From Cpl. Smith, G.A.
    - In Memoriam -
Notts Free Press 1st March, 1918

Adams - In Loving Memory of Private Benjamin Wm. Adams, the beloved husband of Catherine Adams, of 51, Lime Street, Sutton, who was Killed in Action March 4th. 1917. He did his duty nobly, and now he rests in peace.

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 07 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott