Angus Adams was the son of Alexander Adams, an actor /
comedian, and Joanna Blake, an actress / comedian. He was born on the 27 March
1882 in Glasgow, Scotland. Like his parents Angus was also an actor /
His early life was spent travelling around
the UK and America taking roles in a variety of stage productions.
He enlisted in 1916 and was wounded in Passenchdale in 1917. In 1920
he married and had two daughters. His acting career continued after
the war. He wrote a book with Walter Paskin called “Barbed Wire”,
which was based on his wartime experiences. In 1928 the book was
produced and performed as a musical. Angus did not make the “big
time”, but he played in enough productions to provide well for his
family. After his wife died in 1956, he remarried and died in 1961.
[By his grandson Stewart Bayford]
Presumed to be Angus, found in his daughter's possessions with his
His Royal Navy Service Card has a record of his
Army & Navy service :-
Front of card
Angus Stuart ADAMS, R/2407
Rating A.B. O.S. 21.6.17.
Next of kin - sister-in-law, Mrs. B. Adams, 48 Southill Park Road,
Hampstead, London N.
Date of Entry RNVR for RND: 21.6.17.
Religion - C. of E.
Back of Card
2 Mar 1916 - Enlisted 25th London Cyclist Bn.
Discharged 20 Jun 1917.
22 Jun 1917 - D.O/173 (2nd Res. Battn)
Reported & taken on strength, 21 Jun 1917.
3 Jul 1917 - D.O/184, (2nd
Res. Battn) Promoted A.B. 21 Jun 1917.
9 Jul 1917 - Drafted from 2nd
Res. Battn. to Drake Battn. B.E.F. (Specialist "H.G.")
8 Aug 1917 -
BEF.D.O.57, From Base Depot, Calais, 29.7.17. to join unit.
1917 - BEF.D.O.58. Joined XIII Corps Draft Training Depot, 30.7.17.
Sep 1017 - BEF.D.O.67. Joined Drake Battn. from XIII Corps D.T.D.
6 Feb 1918. HA/19215 Adm 12 GH.Rouen 1.2.18 Old Bullet Wd.
(Hand/Head) ..ild. AFB.104-a... [Note - Head was handwritten under typed
8 Feb 1918 - BEF.D.O.21 Invalided, 5.3.18. Old Bullet wound
11 Mar 1918 - Adm: Cas:Clg: Station, Eastleigh, 6.3.18. SMO
19 Mar 1918 - Rep. recd. Trans. to Holborn
Mil.H.Western Rd. Mitcham, SW. 15.3.18.
15 Mar 1918 - Recd. AFB/103,
10.7.17, emb. Folkes. disemb. Boul; 11.7.17, jd.BD.Cal;
27 Mar 1918 -
Form forw. to SCO.Aldershot.
27 Apr 1918 - AFW.3016 recd. Furlough.
27.4.19/6.5.18. Class III. Address while on leave, Earlsway Farm,
8 May 1918 - D.O/88, (Reg. Depot.) t.on s. ex.
Drake Battn. 6.5.18.
27 May 1918 - D.O/101, (reg. Depot.) Transfd. to
2nd. Res. Battn. to date, 25.5.18.
2 Dec 1918 - DO/233, Regtl. Depot.
T. off S. on transr. to RN Dep. Devonport, pm 30.11.18.
25 Nov 1918 -
DO/228 Regt. Dep. T. on trans, from 2nd. Res. Battn. to date 23.11.18.
25 Jan 1919 - RNV.1, AFB/178, 2 AFBs/2513, AFB/2079, (New no. PZ/2785.).
(Discharge Certificate No.741907, 25th (Cyc) Battn. London Regiment,
enlisted Whitehall, S.W. 2.3.16. Dischgd, 20.6.17. Served 283 days with
the colours and 193 days Army Reserve. to AG/9.
28 Jan 1919 - Will
passed to A.G.14. 27.2.19. W.G.32870 to A.G.9.b.