Regiment : H.M.S. Good Hope Royal Navy
Service number : J23322
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 1st November 1914 aged 18
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 3.
Relatives : Son of George and Laura Adams, of Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stoke Prior St Michael's Church
Roland Adams was born on 18th April 1897 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. At the time of his death his next of kin was his father George, Stoke Heath, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
HMS Good Hope was a Drake Class Armoured Cruiser and along with other ships in this class was one of the fastest ships in the world at that time. She became the flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock in his South American Squadron in August 1914. On 1st November 1914 off the coast of Chile the British ships encountered a number of German ships under the command of Vice-Admiral Graf Maximilian Von Spee. The ensuing Battle of Coronel resulted in the loss of HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth. There were no survivors from either ship.
Roland Adams has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.