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Agar Stewart Allan Masterton Adamson


Adamson, Agar Stewart Allan Masterton, Toronto, Ontario. Medals/Honours: Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O). Occupation: Civil servant, army officer, businessman. Military Service, Captain, Major, Lieutenant-Colonel., PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary References: “Treated to a drink by Major,” 4 Nov ’15; ”Announcement by Maj. Adamson to the effect that we are here for two or three weeks as a model Battalion for the 36th Div., 3rd Army Corps. Also as a kind of training Batt. for some fledgling N.C.O.s and officers,” 2:8 Nov ’15; “Lt. Col. Adamson at present away but am to see him on his return in about a week,” 5:24 May ’17. “Went to Villers again today but Colonel [Adamson] was not back from leave yet,” 5:30 May ’17.

Additional Biographical Information

“Lieutenant-Colonel Agar S. A. M. Adamson. Appointed Captain P.P.C.L.I., August 1914. Commanded during part of Battle of May 8, 1915 (Bellewaerde Lake), and wounded on this day. Rejoined September 24, 1915. Commanded from June 4, 1916, to August 3, 1916. Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding P.P.C.L.I. October 31, 1916. Commanded throughout 1917 (Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele). Struck off strength (medically unfit) March 27, 1918, to Can. Corps H.Q. Staff. Subsequently Summary Court Officer at Bonn with the Army of Occupation. D.S.O. Twice Mentioned in Despatches.” See Hodder-Williams, Ralph, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, 1914-1918, Vol. 2. The Roll of Honour and Appendices (London & Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., 1923), 72.

See also the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

For photographs of Lieutenant-Colonel Agar Adamson, and insights into the difficulties associated with photograph identification, see

Additionally, read R. Shirritt-Beaumont's September 2009 review of Letters of Agar Adamson, 1914 to 1919, Lieutenant Colonel, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.