Captain Sydney Lambert Adamson, DCM was born 20 September 1887 in Hull, Yorkshire, England, son of Joseph James Adamson and Sarah A. Lambert. He immigrated to Canada in 1907 with his widowed mother and his siblings aboard the SS Tunisian.
Circa 1910 Adamson joined the Queen’s Own Rifles and had been promoted Sergeant while working as a commercial photographer when he enlisted with the 3rd Battalion, CEF on 23 September 1914 – Private #9067. He was decorated for his conduct during his first engagement during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.
Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation
“For gallant conduct and devotion to duty near St. Julien from 23rd to 26th April 1915. This non- commissioned officer rendered valuable assistance to the Medical Officer during this engagement – going from one station to another, often under heavy rifle fire, and rendering medical assistance to the wounded on the field.”
London Gazette 29212 30 June 1915
He rose to the rank of Sergeant and Quartermaster Sergeant (WO) with the 3rd Battalion before being send back to Canada on “escort duties” 21 July 1916. On 22 November 1916 he was commissioned (with the rank of Honorary Captain) in the 255th Battalion, CEF. Adamson served in various administrative positions until the end of the war and was hospitalized briefly in August 1918 with influenza.
Adamson sailed back to Canada aboard the SS Scandinavian arriving on 30 January 1920. He was discharged on 25 May 1920 as part of the general demobilization.