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John Harold Adams

(1918-2008), Rear-Admiral

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John Harold Adams, by Walter Bird - NPG x163414

John Harold Adams

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 14 August 1967
NPG x163414

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Patrick walker

16 March 2020, 21:12

Wikipedia has a fair amount to say about John, I can tell you he was my first landlord when I moved out of my parents house in 1987 at age 20. There was an annex to his house in north Hampshire which he rented out to myself and a couple of my young friends, we must have been a strange bunch to him but he never seemed phased by our antics. John was an extraordinary man who I will never forget, "born leader" seems a tired cliche in our cynical age but it is the best description I can find for him, he was a man who inspired trust,loyalty and the ambition to be better than you were, always calm,pragmatic,generous and drily funny. When I think about how immature and selfish I was at twenty three the idea that he was commanding a ship of war in the brutal battle of the Atlantic at the same age is truly humbling. Rest in peace John, I salute you.

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