James Stanley Adamson
Private Adamson’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Private Adamson’s body was not recovered. His name, like many other at that time, is engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres (Ipres) Belgium.
Milton Soldiers on the Menin Gate Memorial (Google Earth).
Private James Stanley Adamson is noted on the Haltonville Cenotaph as “Pte. Stanley R. Adamson” in error. He was with the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion, whereas the cenotaph refers to his militia role with the 91st Regiment (March 28, 1910). James was the son of William and Margaret Adamson of Milton West, Ontario. He attested to the 16th Battalion (1st Division, 3rd Infantry Brigade) in September 1914.
Private Adamson was killed in action on April 23, 1915. The war diary is quite detailed for the action of April 22, 1915 (the first gas attack) and they report on the action of April 23, 1915 when Private Adamson was killed in the trenches west of St. Julien in the Battle of Ypres. The 16th Battalion is clearly noted on Nicholson Map 1 just north of Ypres at that time. Nicholson describes the counter-attacks of April 22nd and April 23rd in some detail. Sketch 7 of Nicholson shows their placement on April 23, 1915 at St. Julien.
A photograph of Private Adamson is provided on the Virtual War Memorial, Ottawa Canada.