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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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leslie ross

05 December 2020, 09:40

I first met John when I was only eight years old I became friends with his autistic son (cookie} and used to spend a lot of time with him and his wife Mary at their house in haslemere Surrey always made me very welcome very kind and generous man.

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.