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Pendeford Hall

Pendeford Hall

We have already looked at the Red Cross work of Eunice and Margaret Adams, but their three brothers were also involved in the First World War. Claud Boys Adams was born on 3 April 1887. Kenneth Lemesle Adams was born on 29 March 1888, and was baptised on 28 April the same year in Tettenhall, in Wolverhampton. Wilmot Boys Adams was born in 1891.

Their parents were solicitor Charles Lemesle Adams and Margaret Maria Sayer Adams (nee Boys). In 1901 the family were living at End Hall, Mount Road, Tettenhall. The household consisted of parents Charles and Margaret, children Wilmot, and Eunice, and servants Sarah Bate, Mary Porter, Letitia Porter and Alice Aston. Kenneth and his brother Claud were pupils at Rodsborough House, Bristol. By 1911, they were at Pendeford Hall. By this date the three children living with their parents were Kenneth, Margaret and Wilmott [sic], along with servants Annie Winnifred Payne, Eva Rogers and Olive Greenwood. Eunice was at Rottingdean School, Newhaven and Claud was already a Lieutenant in the 3rd South Staffordshire Regiment. Like his father, Kenneth had become a solicitor and became a partner in the firm of Stirk, Adams, Benton & Co at 26 Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton. Wilmot was an undergraduate at Oxford.

A Lieutenant and later a Captain in the South Staffordshire Regiment, Claude Boys Adams went missing on 30 October 1914, and was captured as a prisoner of war. His prisoner of war records confirm he was captured at Landvoorde and was initially held at Pieter Maritzburg. He was repatriated on 22 November 1918. Kenneth became a Lieutenant and later a Major in the Royal Engineers. After the war, he married American Janice Horne, and they had three children. He died in Ludlow in 1979 aged 91 years. Wilmot served with the West Yorkshire Regiment (number 6), the Lancashire Fusiliers (number 60533) and the Labour Corps (number 511199). He married Enid Carnegy-Arbuthnott in 1919.

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