Telegram: “Dangerously ill…gunshot wound at right thigh”

John Adams was wounded in the right thigh by shrapnel on 30 September 1918 during action at Dadizeele near Ypres. This was the final action in the Ypres area before the end of the War. Further detail on this action at Dadizeele is found in the War Diaries of the 9th (North Irish Horse) Bn, Royal Irish Fusiliers. See entries from 29/9/18 onwards.

This letter was written after John Adams mother, Mary Adams, had received the following telegram from the War Office:

War Office Telegram

To: Mrs Mary Ann Adams, Lisadian, Whitecross, Co. Armagh

Regret to report war office wires
13971 Sergeant John Adams 9th
Irish Fus dangerously ill at 3rd Aus
cas clearing station France 1st October
gun shot wound at right thigh regret
permission to visit cannot be granted
Records Dublin

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