Second World War Normandy “Bocage” Officer Casualty and post-war Palestine Jewish Revolt group awarded to Captain I.D. Adams, M.B.E., Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who saw service as the Signals Officer to the 1st/7th Battalion in Normandy, and was...

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Second World War Normandy “Bocage” Officer Casualty and post-war Palestine Jewish Revolt group awarded to Captain I.D. Adams, M.B.E., Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who saw service as the Signals Officer to the 1st/7th Battalion in Normandy, and was wounded in action during a night attack by enemy aircraft on Battalion Headquarters on 17th July 1944. “Not long after dark the Battalion H.Q. was mortared; then a few enemy aircraft came droning over the battlefield, dropped flares, circled, dived and began to bomb the area. This exploit was remarkably accurate; two direct hits were scored on Battalion H.Q., possibly from 500-kilo bombs. Vehicles and ammunition began to burn and explode; some of the nearby trees took fire; and a good many casualties were incurred from this unlucky night.” Having recovered he went on to see service with the 2nd Battalion in Palestine during the Jewish Revolt, and then joined Branch A of Her Majesty’s Foreign Service, being appointed Her Majesty’s Vice Consul at Saigon in French Indo-China in March 1952, and Her Majesty’s Consul for the States of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah from August 1960. Adams was latterly appointed a Member of the Civil Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in June 2004, this being ‘for services to Social Housing and to the community in Kennington, London.’

Group of 5: 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; General Service Medal 1918-1962, GVI 2nd type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine 1945-48; (MAJOR. I.D. ADAMS. WARWICK.), mounted swing style as worn.

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Ian Day Adams was born in June 1923 in Hampstead, London. Commissioned during the Second World War, as a War Substantive Lieutenant (No.255738) he saw service with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the campaign in North West Europe, and was wounded in action in Normandy on 17th July 1944 in the “Bocage” area near to Bordel when he was serving with the 1st/7th Battalion as the signals officer with battalion headquarters.

“Not long after dark the Battalion H.Q. was mortared; then a few enemy aircraft came droning over the battlefield, dropped flares, circled, dived and began to bomb the area. This exploit was remarkably accurate; two direct hits were scored on Battalion H.Q., possibly from 500-kilo bombs. Vehicles and ammunition began to burn and explode; some of the nearby trees took fire; and a good many casualties were incurred from this unlucky night. The carrier officer, Captain R.L. King, was killed with about four other men. The adjutant, Captain W.J. Dawkins, and the signals officers, Lieutenant I.D. Adams, were wounded of the H.Q. group, plus about 10 men.’

Adams recovered from his wounds, and went on to see service post-war in Palestine during the Jewish Revolt as a Captain and temporary Major with the 2nd Battalion, and would eventually relinquished his commission in the rank of Captain don 3rd June 1953. In the meantime he had been appointed as of 1st November 1949 to be an Officer of Branch A of Her Majesty’s Foreign Service, and on 10th March 1952 he had been appointed Her Majesty’s Vice Consul at Saigon in French Indo-China.

Adams was then appointed to the United States of America to be Her Majesty’s Consul for the States of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah and to reside at Denver from 21st August 1960. Adams was ultimately appointed a Member of the Civil Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 12th June 2004, this being ‘for services to Social Housing and to the community in Kennington, London.’ He died in the Kennington area on 8th May 2017.