Leslie Robert Adams

Rank Corporal
Service No 760357
Date of Death 30/10/17
Age 24
Regiment/Service London Regiment (1st Artists' Rifles) 28th Battalion
Memorial Tyne Cot Memorial, one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.


Leslie was born in September 1893 in Holloway and baptised on 20th September 1893 at St Barnabas, Hornsey Road, London. He was the only child of Robert John Adams (1868–1950) and May Minnie Adams, nee Spencer (1869–1943).

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at 55 Leighton Road, Kentish Town, London. At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were living at 12 Stockwell Park Crescent, Stockwell in south London. By then Leslie's parents had been married 18 years and he was their only child. In 1911 his father was employed as a builder.

Leslie enlisted in the London Regiment (1st Artists' Rifles) 28th Battalion, a unit of the Territorial Force with their HQ at Dukes Road, St Pancras, diagonally opposite Euston Station. It particularly attracted recruits from public schools and universities. It arrived in France at the end of October 1914 and became an Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) at Bailleul. In April 1915 it moved to St Omer. The battalion was sent to the front at the end of June 1917.

Leslie was killed in action. He almost certainly died in the Third Battle of Ypres in Belgium, which was launched on 31 July 1917 and continued until the fall of Passchendaele village on 6 November 1917.  The offensive resulted in gains for the Allies but was by no means the breakthrough the British intended, and such gains as were made came at great cost in human terms.

Leslie’s estate was valued at £161 17s 11d, which he left to his father.

Leslie’s connection to Finchley is unknown.