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Memorial for First World War hero
IT has been announced that as part of the plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, special commemorative paving stones will be laid in the home towns of all those in the United Kingdom awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the face of the enemy during the conflict.
This means that Salisbury’s only recipient of the country’s highest gallantry award, Tom Adlam, will have a permanent memorial in the city.
Tom Edwin Adlam was born at Waterloo Gardens in Salisbury, on October 21 1893, the son of John and Evangeline Adlam.
Following his education at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, he was training to be a teacher and joined the Territorial Force in September 1912.
When war broke out in August 1914, Mr Adlam signed up and worked his way up to sergeant when commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the B e d f o r d s h i r e Regiment in November 1915.
He was awarded his Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry during the 1916 Somme Offensive in the assault on Thiepval on September 26 and 27.
His medals and a gold watch, presented to him on his return from France, have been on display in Salisbury’s silver cabinet in the Grand Jury Room at the Guildhall.
Where this paving stone will be placed will be a matter for the city council.
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