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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a labourer by trade, John Adams was 39 years, married and had three children when enlisted on 16 July 1915 in the 5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement, and Australian Imperial Force with the rank of Private. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915 but was later transferred to 1st Pioneer Battalion on the 12th of March 1916. John Adams was awarded: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Embarked per 'Durham Castle' from England for return to Australia for discharge because of hernia and deformed foot and was listed as returned to Australia on 10 March 1918. Tree No: 812