Philip Rockey Adams

Village memories: Top of Treadaway Hill (picture from SWOP website)

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DIED 27 MAY 1918 . AGED 21YRS

Philip Rockey Adams was the son of Mr H.J. Adams of Uplands, Flackwell Heath Buckinghamshire. He enlisted in 1914 aged 21yrs. On the War Memorial his name is given as Philip Pike Adams but Philip Rockey Adams is the only one to have been found during research. Despite intensive research it is not possible to connect our man with any family in Buckinghamshire, but there is a possibility of a connection to a Henry James Adams in Devonshire! There is an entry for a birth for a Philip Rockey Adams in 1897 registered in the Plymouth area. Philip was attached to the Devonshire Regiment during his Military career with the 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry. (Research is ongoing.)

The 6th Battalion was raised at Taunton in August 1914 as part of Kitchener’s Army and was attached to 43rd Brigade, 14th (Light) Division). They proceeded to France in May 1915 and served on the Western Front throughout the war. They took part in the Action of Hooge in which the Division became the first to be attacked by flame throwers, and the Second Attack on Bellewaarde. In 1916 they fought at Delville Wood and Flers-Courcelette in the Battles of the Somme. In 1917 they were involved in the German retreat to Hindenburg Line, the Arras Offensive and the Third Battle of Yrpes. In 1918 they suffered heavily in the Battle of St Quentin and the Battle of the Avre. Due to the heavy casualties they formed a composite unit with the 5th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on 14th April 1918. It was shortly after this that Philip Rockey Adams died. On 16th June 1918 they returned to England after being transferred to the 16th Division.

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