Dear Aunt just a PC to let you know I am at Lough Swilly, hoping all is well Continue reading
We arrived here safe and was padded all right. We are stopping with Minnie tonight and going to Camp in the morning. Continue reading
Enlisted on the 24th Sept 1914 for Royal Irish Fusiliers, Clandeboye, Co. Down. Continue reading
C Company 7 Batt RIF Clandyboye Camp Co. Down Sept 1914 [probably 27th Sept 1914 – first Sunday after John Adams enlisted 24 Sept. Very possibly his first letter home of WW1] Dear Mother Just a line hoping it will … Continue reading
[From personal note] Nov 1914 At Victoria Barracks, Belfast
Spend Xmas Day loading Hay for Horses in France at Belfast Docks. From personal notes by John Adams
[postcard showing a group of 18 soldiers bathing/washing by a stream in a steep little valley. Large rocks (possibly haystacks) in the distance. It is not clear if John Adams is one of the 18 or is the photographer. If … Continue reading
[YMCA postcard: HM Forces on Active Service] [From 13971 Pte J Adams, 9th Batt RIF, D Coy, The Palace Barracks, Holywood, Co. Down To Mrs J Adams, Lisadian] Postmarked 02 Feb 1915 Dear Mother, Just a line today we got … Continue reading
[From personal notes] Friday Entrained to Lurgan. Portadown (had mid day meal). Loughgall Road to Red Lion, Drimond [Diamond?], over Cock Hill to Birches (3). Stayed overnight with Widow showed boxes of L.O.L. and R.B.P. which sat there.
[From personal notes] Saturday To Loughgall via Church hill. Stayed in Rock Tavern (with Band) over week end.
[From personal notes] Sunday Service in Loughgall Parish Church
[Postcard showing Loughgall] [Addressed to Miss A Adams, Lisadian] [Postmarked 07 Feb 1915, Loughgall] Dear Annie Just a line hoping it finds you in good health as this leaves me in the same here at present. I hope you will … Continue reading
[From personal notes] Monday + Tuesday Armagh City
[From personal notes] Wednesday Afternoon marched to Richhill via Hamiltonsbawn. Stayed in Home of Wm. McNally.
[From personal notes] Thursday From Richhill via Portadown Road, via Armagh, Killylea to Tynan Village. Stayed at the Home of Robert Sleater.
[From personal notes] Friday From Tynan via Keady to N.T. [Newtown] Hamilton. Stayed at the Home of Messrs Fallow.
[From personal notes] Saturday Main N.T.H [Newtown Hamilton] Road via Belleek to Bessbrook. Week end at Home.
[From personal notes] Sunday Service in Bessbrook Church
[From personal notes] Monday From Bessbrook to Poyntzpass via Doctor’s Hill and Drumbanagher Castle. Stayed at home of J.B. Small
[From personal notes] Tuesday From Poyntzpass to Markethill via Tyrone Ditches and Glenanne, stayed Rev. Moore’s Manse.
From personal notes Wednesday From Markethill to Tandragee, via Clare, Laurelvale, stayed at Main Street at home of some Dressmakers
[From personal notes] Entrained at Portadown for Belfast
D Company 9 Batt R. I. Fusiliers Palace Barracks Holywood 22.02.15 My Dear Mother I am sorry that I was so long in writing but I had not time until now. We got back here on Thursday evening from Portadown. … Continue reading
[From personal notes] Took part in Recruiting March through County Monaghan, terminating at Castleblayney, lasting 1 week.
D Company 9 Batt R. I. Fus. Newtownards 20.03.15 Dear Mother Just a few lines to say I received your parcel this morning and what was inside. I thank you very much for it. The drawers is alright. I hope … Continue reading
D Company 9 Batt R. I. Fusiliers Newtownards 27.03.15 My Dear Mother Just a line to say that I received your letter this morning. I am sorry that you are not getting better but maybe when the good weather you … Continue reading
D. Company 9 Batt R. I. Fus Newtownards 17.04.1915 My Dear Mother Just a line today. I got your parcel this morning and was very thankful to you for what you sent. We are still confined to camp. I was … Continue reading
D Coy, 9th R. I. Fus, N. T. Ards [undated letter, messier than the others, apparently pre-deployment, possibly May 1915] Dear Mother Just a line hoping it still finds youse all enjoying good health, as this leaves me in the … Continue reading
D Company 9 Batt R. I. Fus Newtownards 07.05.15 My Dear Mother. Just a line to say that I received your letter aright. I am sorry that I was so long in writing but we have been very busy this … Continue reading
[From personal notes] Inspection at Malone at Major General Sir Hugh McCalmont K.C.B. followed by a March through the City.
Church Hill Holywood Co. Down 22 Dec. 1915 My Dear Mother This is just a wee line to say I am sending you these things. I’m sorry I have not got more to send. I hope this wee shawl will … Continue reading
20.10.16 My Dear Mother I am sorry I have been so long in writing to you but it was not my fault as I thought I had written to you and I was wondering why I never heard from you. … Continue reading
Royal Irish Fusiliers, No 1 Company A Block, Irish Command Depot, Tipperary Sunday 17.12.16 My Dear Mother Just a few lines hoping they will find yourself and all at home enjoying good health. As this leaves myself in the same … Continue reading
“D” Company Royal Irish Fusiliers Newtownards Camp Co. Down 24.02.17 Dear Mother I received your parcel alright this morning and I thank you very much for what you sent to me for may handkerchiefs were all lost … Continue reading
“D” Company 10th Royal I. Fus.[sic] Newtownards Co. Down 03.03.17 Just a few lines hoping they will find you still enjoying good health. I am sorry I was so long in answering your parcel which I received alright. Many thanks … Continue reading
[postcard: Cave Hill and Belfast Castle] [to Mrs John Adams, Lisadian] 16.03.17, N’Ards Dear Mother Just a card hoping it will find all at home in good health. If all is well may be home on Sat but I do … Continue reading
[postcard: Clifden and the Long Hole, Bangor] [to Mrs Adams, Lisadian] 12 Sept 1917 Just a Line to say I am well and having a very good time. The weather has been very good for so far it’s dry. This … Continue reading
[postcard – Mizpah The Lord watch between me and thee…] Postmark 21 JU 18 Dear Mother This is just to say I hope you are all well. I hope you will write soon. I suppose Johnnie has gone by now. … Continue reading
Context This letter was written after John Adams mother, Mary Adams, had received the telegram from the War Office. Lisadian, Whitecross, Co Armagh 5th Oct 18 My Dear Johnnie It is with a sorry heart I write to say I … Continue reading
Postcard showing Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin. Postmark 26 Oct 1918, Dublin Dear Mother This is the hospital I am in. I wrote to you today. Hoping to hear from you soon. I am going on alright. Will [write] later on. … Continue reading
St Patrick Ward Mater Hospital Dublin 29.10.18 My Dear Mother Just a few lines in answer to your ever welcome letter which I received today. And I am glad to know that yourself and all at home are still in … Continue reading
St Patrick’s Ward Mater Hospital Dublin 30.10.18 My Dear Mother Just a few lines in answer to your ever welcome letter of today. Am I am glad to know that all at home are still in good health. I am … Continue reading
[poorly copied letter with much of each page off the edge] [probably St Patrick’s Ward, Mater Hospital, Dublin] 13.11.18 My Dear Mother …have been so long in … But I hope you and …are in good health. …Is very trying … Continue reading
15.11.18 St Patrick’s Ward Mater Hospital Dublin My Dear Mother Just a few lines n answer to your ever welcome letter which I received alright this morning and I am glad to know that all at home are still in … Continue reading
[undated – probably 18.11.18 – see letter 15.11.18] Ward 7 Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast My Dear Mother Just a line tonight to say I have arrived safe in Belfast. We left Dublin today at 1 o’clock and got here about … Continue reading
20.11.18 Ward 7 Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast My Dear Mother Just a few lines in answer to your ever welcome letter of today. And I am glad to know that all at home are still enjoying their usual good health … Continue reading
Postcard showing Castle Junction, Belfast. Dated 04.01.19, Belfast Dear Mother Just a line to say I got back safe. I am sorry I was so long in writing, but I shall write to you tomorrow and explain. Johnnie.
Royal Victoria Hosp Belfast 14.01.19 My Dear Mother Just a few lines in answer to your every welcome letter of today. And I am glad to know that yourself and all at home are still enjoying your usual good health, … Continue reading
Discharged from Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. From personal notes. Presumably demobbed very soon afterwards.