Norman Macleod Adam, MC

RankMajor, acting Lt Colonel
MedalsM.C.; British War Medal, Victory Medal, Mentioned in Despatches
RegimentRoyal Field Artillery, 19th Battery
Military Service

1910 Norman Adam followed his father into the army and enrolled at the Royal Military Academy.

1911 Appointed a Second Lieutenant in January.

By the time the census was taken in April he had joined the 52nd Battery Royal Field Artillery and was stationed at Jubbulpore, India.

1914-1915 Served in France with an Indian Division

1915-1917 Served in Mesopotamia also with an Indian Division. On 6 Nov 1917 at the Battle of Tigrit, Norman Adam was awarded the Military Cross.

1918 He moved to Palestine and then to France with the Lowland Division where he was killed.


16 July 1890, Lymm, Cheshire

Death28th August 1918
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action

BurialGlasgow Necropolis

Originally buried near Fontaine-les-Croisilles, near Arras, in 1922 Norman Adam’s family arranged for the surreptitious exhumation of his body from its isolated grave in France. Unlike some other families who tried to bring their loved one home, the Adams were successful and Norman Adam was reburied in his grandparents’ lair in the Necropolis on 6 July 1922.

CWGC Information

Son of Florence Adam (nee Watson), of Hill Lodge, Campden Hill Square, Kensington, London, and the late Maj. Gen. F. A. Adam, C.B.


Frederick Adam (born c1861, Scotland) and Florence Watson (c1865, India, – 1951); married Aden 1885

Father's Occupation

Regular soldier who ended his service as General Officer Commanding, Malta Brigade (1913-14)


Margery (c1888-) (Mrs Thomas T Phelps), Muriel (1889-) (Mrs Alastair P Hadow)




In 1902 Norman, previously at Warrington Free Grammar School, went to Fettes College just like his father. In 1908 Fettes formed an Officer Training Corps and Norman Adam was the first Senior Cadet Officer.

1891 Census

New Road, Lymm, Cheshire

Lymm was across the Mersey from Warrington where the South Lancashire Regimental Depot at Peninsula Barracks, where his father was serving, was located.

1901 Census

Ramsey Hydro, Isle of Man

Father Frederick was not with his family, nor does he seem to be in England. In fact he was serving in South Africa in the Boer War.

1911 Census

Jubbulpore, India, serving with the 52nd Battery Royal Field Artillery.

His father, mother and sister Muriel were living at Bregogue, Co Cork where his father was stationed with his regiment.

Home Address

1918 – Dunain, near Inverness

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Omega Lair 248
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Fettes College War Memorial

Other Information

Norman Adam’s Military Cross was gazetted in the Supplement to the Edinburgh Gazette January 13, 1919 (page 240).  The citation is as follows:

Capt. (A./Maj.) Norman Macleod Adam, 19th Bty., R.F.A. (MESOPOTAMIA)

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  He commanded his battery with energy and skill on two occasions.  Once he accompanied the advancing infantry into the enemy front line, whence he was able to direct a most destructive fire on the enemy.  On the same day when another battery commander was wounded he assumed control of the battery as well as his own and fought both with ability and determination.  He was wounded.

His Military Cross was advertised by an Australian auction house and was due to be sold 26-29th November 2013.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (, Findmypast (,

Commonwealth War Graves Commission –

Edinburgh Gazette, January 13 1919.

Family Search –

Fettes College Roll of Honour. –

The Long, Long Trail –

Richard van Emden. The Quick and the Dead: Fallen soldiers and their Families in the Great War. 2011.

The Scottish War Memorials Project –




Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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