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26 Battalion
7 June 1894
Whiteside, Petrie, Parish of Caboolture, Qld.
2 October 1915
SS Mooltan
12 April 1916

Joe was son of Charles and Margaret nee Felix. He served 4 years apprenticeship as a joiner at Geo. Attwell's Joinery Works, Howard St. Nambour. He had a year in Senior Cadets and 3 years in Citizens Forces.

Chronicle 29 October 1915 p5, More for the Front....Bob Roberts and Joe Adsett.....

He joined A.I.F. on 2 Oct.1915 in Brisbane. Records show he was 21 yrs 4 mths, he was 5ft 3ins tall and weighed 8st 4lbs. Chest 32-35" Complexion: sallow Eyes: Brown Hair: Dark brown religion: Methodist.

He trained at Enoggera and near Chermside, then trained to Sydney and embarked on S.S. Mooltan on 12 Apr. 1916. The ship had passengers and 500 troops. They disembarked at Suez and spent 3 weeks in the desert in Egypt, then boarded S.S. Minnetonka for England and went into training at Rolleston on Salisbury Plain near Stonehenge.

Joe went to France with the 7th Brigade with reinforcements to the 26th Battalion. They held the line in the Ypres section which was regarded as a quiet sector, then they marched down to the Somme where they went on the attack in front of Bapaume.

He was best friends with Robert Allan Roberts from Nambour. Joe was wounded in action in the field in France 5 Nov 1916 and sent to Edmonton Military Hospital. Later he was transferred from 26th Battalion to 1st ADH Bulford. He was promoted to T/Sergeant on 14 Feb 1919 and to ER/Sergeant on 1 May 1919. Discharged 21 Sep 1920.

Letter from Joe published in the Chronicle 16 Feb 1917 p5.

Joe married his Scottish bride, Christina Porteaus Young McAdam in St. Vincent Masonic Hall by rites of United Free Church of Scotland in Glasgow on 19 Sept.1919. They returned to Australia on 14 Jan 1920 and Joe was discharged on 21 Sept 1920. They had a son Jim and a daughter Jessie. Marriage Certificate in records: Bridegroom presently at Salisbury, England. Bride at 439 St.Vincent St. Glasgow, Scotland.

QER 1919, 1925 Joiner living at Nambour
QER 1936 Farmer living at Belli, Eumundi QER 1937 Farmer living at Eumundi
QER 1943 Dairy Farmer living at Gheerulla, Eumundi
QER 1949, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1972 Dairy Farmer living at Bald Knob, Maleny
QER 1977, 1980 Retiree living at 89 Cedar Street, Greenslopes

Joe and his wife spent 4 months in the UK and visited Scotland in 1955.

Joe died in Brisbane on 18 Nov 1991.

Regimental number: 4671 Religion: Methodist Occupation: Joiner Address: Whiteside via Petrie, Queensland Marital status: Single Age at embarkation: 21 Next of kin: Mother, Mrs Margaret Adsett, Whiteside via Petrie, Queensland Enlistment date: 2 October 1915 Rank on enlistment: Private Unit name: 26th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement AWM Embarkation Roll number: 23/43/3 Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 12 April 1916 Rank from Nominal Roll: Sergeant Unit from Nominal Roll: 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital Fate: Effective abroad (still overseas)

Returned to Australia
Left U.K. 9 Jan 1920 `Megantic`.
18 November 1991
Corinda, Brisbane, Qld. 18 November 1991
Mt. Thompson Crematorium, Holland Park Qld

Nambour Town Band Roll of Honor, Nambour & Maroochy District Band Hall, Daniel Street, Nambour

Maroochy Shire Honor Roll, Shire Chambers, Bury Street, Nambour

Nambour (Maroochy Shire) Roll of Honor Scroll, Private Collection, Nambour (this scroll was available for sale to the public after the war)

Daphne Heaton

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