Born in 1890, John Adams was 23 when he joined up in September 1914. He served with the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, was involved in many significant events on the Western Front, particularly Passchendaele. He was wounded twice, and awarded the Military Medal twice. He was discharged in 1919, while still recovering from his injuries.
He later went on to serve in the Ulster Special Constabulary in Co. Armagh from 1922 until retirement in 1952, and was awarded the MBE in 1952.