Henry Stanley Adams was one of the sons of a Miller/Farmer. He was recorded on the census of 1891 living with his large family in Mill Lane, Haighton, Hanmer. Head of the household was 37 year old Samuel Adams who was listed on this census as a Miller. Mary C, his wife was also 37. Their listed children were Evelyn 10, John 9, Samuel C 8, James 6, Beatrice 5, Charles G 4, Frederick M 2, and Henry S 1, There were two domestic servants in the household. Maggie Crump was 15 and Margaret Pearce 18.
The next census of 1901 finds the family still at Haighton Mills Hanmer. Samuel Adams then aged 47 was listed this time as a Farmer. His wife Mary C was 47. The children in the household were John 20, Evelyn 19, Beatrice 15, Charles G 14, Fred W 12, Henry S 11, Elois 9, Myra 7, Francis 4 and Victor 3. All the older children worked on the farm.
The 1911 census records 57 year old Samuel as a Farmer and Corn Miller. His wife of 31 years, Mary Catherine had given birth to 12 children all of whom were still living. Listed at home were ‘children’ Evelyn May, 30 and Myra Dorothy 17 who both did Dairy work. John 29 worked in the Corn Mill. James 26 worked on the farm with the horses. Beatrice May 25 did housework. Henry Stanley was Cowman on the farm. Victor Stuart was at school.
There is an index card for Stanley in the Flintshire Roll of Honour in the County Record Office in Hawarden. This source gives the address Bryn Newydd Farm Haighton. It confirms his regimental details as above left. It adds that he served for 3 years and 3 months.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk includes an entry for Henry Stanley Adams. It says he was born in Hanmer and he enlisted in Hanmer. It records his regimental number as 2988 – which is slightly wrong. His regiment was the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – 14th Bttn. It says that previously he had been number 64 in The Welsh Horse Regiment. This source tells us he was killed in action on the 13th April 1918 in France/Flanders. His medal index card, also on Ancestry, lists his two medals.
The UK Register of Soldiers’ Effects in which the army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for Henry. It records that Henry’s father Samuel was paid a total of £22 ..19sh ..3d in two separate payments.
Henry Stanley Adams left a will which is included in the England and Wales National Probate Calendar. index of Wills and Administrations. This is the entry.
Adams Henry Stanley of Hanmer Flintshire Pte 29888 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment died 13th April 1918 in France on active military service. administration St Asaph 11February to Samuel Adams Farmer. effects £187 .. 9sh .. 4d
NB Although all the records have him listed as a Private, the photograph from the Hanmer book, clearly shows him wearing the stripes of a corporal.