Gerald Wallace ADAM
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: 13th Battalion YORKSHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 10 August 1919
Age: 20
Cemetery: Archangel Memorial, Russia

Although an Armistice had been signed in November 1918, the War was not officially over and, in April 1919, a British force was sent to fight in the Russian civil war against the Bolsheviks. Gerald was killed during the fighting but the circumstances are unclear.

Gerald's father, John Adam, was a successful businessman in Manchester's cotton trade. In 1901, when a census was taken, he was living at 6 Prince's Road, Heaton Moor with his wife, Ethel, and Gerald. The family employed two live-in servants - Emily Wallace who was a nurse and presumably looked after Gerald and Rose Shaw who was a general servant.

By 1917, the family had moved to 11 Clifton Road, Heaton Moor and Gerald was a student at Manchester University. On 7 December, he joined the army, aged 17 years and 8 months and was assigned to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (service number 76064). His enlistment papers show him to have been 5' 6" tall and he had a 34 ½ chest measurement. In view of his background, it is no surprise that, whilst in training, he was selected to become an officer. Gerald was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Leicestershire Regiment on 28 May 1918.

It's thought that he never served with the Leicesters but was quickly attached to the Yorkshire Regiment and probably accompanied the Battalion when it left the Western Front for Russia in September 1918. On the day, that Gerald is recorded as having been killed in action, the Battalion was not in action. They were undertaking guard duties and other fatigues in the Archangel area and there is no mention of them suffering any casualties. It can only be assumed that Gerald had been temporarily attached to another unit that was engaged in a successful action against the Bolsheviks that day.

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