Adam, Alexander Thomson
Regiment: Special Gas Section, Royal Engineers
Biography: Son of James Adam, cattle dealer ; born Alford, 1 August 1881 ; educated at Inverurie and Gordon's College, Aberdeen ; graduated M.A. in 1903 ; took honours in Mathematics 1904 ; graduated B.Sc. in 1905. After teaching Mathematics and Science at Glenurquhart, Stirling and Nairn, he went to America where he stayed for some years. On his return he was appointed Science Master at the Royal Academy, Inverness. In July 1916 Adam joined the Special Gas Section of the R.E. and served from the following September with the Expeditionary Force in France. He was gassed while on duty on 2 December 1917 and died in hospital at Arras the same day. Adam was a valuable member of the teaching profession and his ability, sound scholarship and strength of character were recognized also by those with whom Army life brought him in contact. An officer wrote : " Life under Army conditions he seemed to detest, but, being the man he was, he rose superior to every difficulty and did his duty ungrudgingly and manfully ".
Date of Death: 02 December 1917
Burial Details: Buried at Faubourg - d' Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Plot 6, Row A, Grave 30.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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