Rank: Private
Number: 57362
Unit: 7th Battalion LINCOLNSHIRE
Date of Death: 4 June 1918
Age: 18 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Auchonvilliers Military Cemetery, Somme, France

The Adamson family home was at 209 Stockport Road, Cheadle and Ronald had lived all his life there until he enlisted into the army. His father, Samuel, was a blacksmith and was married to Elizabeth. Ronald was one year old when the census was taken in 1901. He had four older siblings - Thomas (then 8), Frank (6), Mildred (5) and Samuel (4). They had probably moved to Cheadle in the mid-1890s, as Thomas was born in the Withington area of Manchester and the other children born locally.

Ronald was not one of the young men who tried to enlist into the army underage and was, almost certainly, conscripted when he became 18. He originally served in the King's Liverpool Regiment; his service number, 96197, indicating the late joining date. It is not known when he transferred to the Lincolnshire Regiment but many battalions were disbanded in early1918 and the troops reallocated to other units.

Frank Adamson had also joined the army and, in October 1917, news would have come to Cheadle of his death in what is now Iraq.

June 1918 was a quiet time for the 7th Lincolns. They were in the front line at Auchonvillers (known as "Ocean Villas" to the Tommies). Quiet as it may have been, they were still subject to German shellfire and snipers on a daily basis. Ronald was one of six killed and sixteen wounded on 4 June.

(NB: Originally researched for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website and now substantially updated)

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