The 1891 Census shows the Adams family living at Victoria Road, Rushden. Head of the Household was George Adams, aged 23, employed in the shoe trade, born in Long Buckby, his wife Sarah (nee Gibbons), aged 24, born in West Haddon and their son John E aged 4, born West Haddon, baptised 22/11/1887. George and Sarah had married in West Haddon on 1/2/1886.
The 1901 Census shows John E living with his grandparents Thomas and Sarah Gibbons at The Malting Yard, West Haddon. Thomas was then aged 14.
John Edward Adams married Annie Garlick at Towcester on 23/9/1906. The 1911 Census shows them living in The Bungalow, Crick. The Head of The Household is shown as
Edward Adams aged 25, a Stud Groom, his wife Anne aged 24 (born Greens Norton), their sons John aged 4, William aged 2 and Phyllis their daughter aged 1 month.
They had three children Edward Reginald, Phyllis Marjorie and Henry Ernest baptised on 15/8/1915 at West Haddon while John Edward was in army service with the Army Service Corps.
John Edward Adams enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Market Harborough on 28th June, 1915 at the age of 28 years 300 days. He was 5′ 4″ tall. One part of his military record gives his regimental number as 1478. A later document shows this as 33050.
His army record shows the following “postings”
Home 28/6/1915 – 1/5/1917
British Expeditionary Force France 2/5/1917 – 2/7/1918
En route 3/7/1918 – 17/7/1918
He was discharged from military service on 18/3/1919 after 3 years 264 days service
A baptism was held on 19/2/1922 for their daughter Nancy. The family were then living in Shepherds Row, West Haddon with John Edward employed as a railway worker..
He died on 22/4/1948 while living at Hillside, West Haddon. His widow was recorded as Annie. His “effects” totalled £486 10s and 6d.
(Jim Blakey 19th November, 2015)