John Adamson was born in Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire, in 1890, one of six children born to Richard (a labourer) of 1, Fulton Street, Lostock, Northwich. John was also a labourer.
On the 8th April 1915 he married Lizzie Bloor and they set up home at 21, Egerton Terrace, Altrincham.
He enlisted in the army at Northwich recruiting Office shortly after the outbreak of the war, becoming Private no. 14764 on the 10th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.
He arrived in France on the 26th September 1915.
John was killed in action on the 26th August 1916.
On that fateful day:
The Battalion War Diary states:
Enemy artillery was extremely quiet all day hardly a shell fired.
At 11 p.m. we attacked S of OVILLERS in force assisted by 8th Bn. Loyal North Lancashire regiment. We actually got into the enemy trenches in places only to be driven back by intensive machine gun fire.
By 2 a.m. we had re-organised and with the assistance of the 11th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, we again attacked at the point of the bayonet but again we were driven back by machine gun fire â€“ sustained very heavy casualties.
A certain amount of ground was gained by C Coy. (assisted by the Lancashire Fusiliers) in bombing up a trench, but a very stubborn resistance was met with. 40 yards we gained + a block made.
The Battalion was relieved the following afternoon.
Between the 3rd - 15th July the Battalion casualties were-
Officers 7 killed, 7 wounded.
O.R. 38 killed, 72 missing (one of them was John), 276 wounded.