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Sergeant William Syme Adams

Biography of Sergeant William Syme Adams

William Syme Adams was born on 13 September 1888 in Hamilton. He was the son of William Adams, a craneman, and Jane Lamb Syme. He grew up in Motherwell alongside his five siblings, Andrew, Adam, Janet, Lilias and Elizabeth.

Adams first matriculated at the University aged 18 in 1907 to study for an arts degree. He took classes in subjects such as Latin, Maths, Logic and Natural Philosophy. He did not graduate from the University, and went onto become a school board teacher. He married Marion Brown Murray on 25 February 1915 and resided in Larkhall.

After the outbreak of war, William served as a Sergeant with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He was killed in action on 23 March 1918, survived by his two children William and Marion. He is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, panel 37 and 38, as well as the Hamilton War Memorial.


Sergeant William Syme Adams
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 23 March 1918
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A


R8/5/30/1 - Male Matriculation Slip 1909-1910

Additional information provided by Alistair McEwen

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