Graham Edward Adam (1896 – 1917)

Graham Edward Adam was born on 31 May 1896 in Rangoon, Burma, the eldest son of Beatrice Eleanor Man and James Graham Adam. He died on 6 November 1917. He was lost without a trace during the defence of Ypres Salient, Belgium in World War One and memorialized at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Viaanderen, Belgium. (Panel Number 24-28-30). The Canadians maintain a ‘virtual’ was memorial on which Graham is listed HERE. The family has preserved his letters home and these can be read here. Graham belongs to Generation Seven.

Notes: From James Adam’s memoirs:

We used to hear regularly from Graham from “somewhere in France”. He used to write very amusingly and pluckily. He was wounded in the face and was sent to the base hospital, where he was masked “P.B.” which meant “Permanent Base”. We were very relieved at this as it meant he would never return to the front line. Alas, about this time the ‘Passchendale offensive’ took place and every available man was sent up. On Nov. 6th, 1917 we got a telegram to say private Graham Adam of the 36th Battalion (he had been drafted from the 56th) was missing. We made every possible enquiry through Hubert Man and others but never heard any trace of him, so presume he must have been blown up by a shell in that terrible campaign.

Dear boy, he was anything but warlike and must have hated trench life and all the horrors of war, but was very very plucky and must have done well as he was a company-runner when he met his end. His name is on the Menin Gate at Ypres.