Colonel D G Adams DSO OBE TD

Colonel D G AdamsCommanded 24th London Regiment (The Queen's) re-named in 1937 7th (Southwark) Bn The Queen's Royal Regiment from 18th February 1933 to 18th February 1938.

Donovan Guy Adams was born on 1st February 1901 and educated at Haileybury.

He was commissioned in the 24th (Defence Force) Battalion in April 1921. The next year he joined 24th London Regiment (The Queen's) with whom he served until 1938. He was appointed to command the Battalion on 18th February 1933. In 1937 the Battalion was re-named 7th (Southwark) Bn The Queen's Royal Regiment. He transferred to TARO on 18th February 1938 and was promoted Brevet. Colonel with seniority of 18th February 1937.

On 1st November 1938 he transferred to the Royal Artillery (TA) with the rank of Major, having relinquished the rank of Lt Col and served with 72nd Searchlight Regiment RA (TA).

On 10th March 1940 he was posted to 2/6th Bn The East Surrey Regiment as second-in-command. The Battalion landed in France in April 1940 as a line of communications unit and became deeply involved in the battle for France. On 3rd June he assumed command of the Battalion which he led with distinction during the intense fighting prior to the surrender at St Valery on 12th June when he became a prisoner of war.

For his fine leadership he was awarded the DSO. For his conduct during the difficult years in a German prison camp he was made an OBE in 1945.

After the war he entered the service of the Foreign Office (German Section).

He died in Berlin on 3rd September 1963.

For obituary see the Journal of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Vol 1 No 8 page 549.

See also J M A Tamplin's The Lambeth and Southwark Volunteers page 247.


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