Bryan Fullerton Adams

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Captain Bryan Fullerton Adams, D.S.O., Royal Navy (22 July, 1887 – 22 September, 1971) was an officer in the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Adams was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1909.[1]

Adams was the Gunnery Officer of H.M.S. Princess Royal for some portion of the war.

As a Commander, Adams was appointed in command of the destroyer Legion on 8 July, 1918.[2]

D.S.O. Award

ADAMS Bryan F N/E Cdr. RN 88X560 & 560a Legion Vice-Admiral, Dover Patrol 31.07.19 N/E Post War DSO For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty during the storming of Zeebrugge Mole on the 23rd April, 1918. For his personal share in the above operation Commander Adams was promoted but subsequent enquires have established in fact that Commander Adams took an important part in the landing than was at first supposed and is therefore strongly recommended for a further reward. As at first reported Commander Adams landed at the same time as his immediate commanding officer the late Lt.Commander A.L. Harrison ; as a matter of fact Lt.Commander Harrison was wounded on board theVindictive and did not reach the Mole for some time after Commander Adams had landed. The attack on the seaward end of the Mole, was therefore entirely due to the initiative of Commander Adams, who pressed his attack on which the whole success of the blocking operation might have depended, with a magnificent dash, displaying qualities of personal courage and leadership of the highest order.

Who was Who

ADAMS, Captain Bryan Fullerton DSO 1919

Born 22 July 1887; s of late G. H. Adams, Portglenone, Co. Down, and Melbourne, Australia; m 1st, 1921, Audrey (d 1929), d of C. E. Marshall, Thurlestone, Devon; one d; 2nd, 1937, Pamela Jocelyne, o d of late Vice-Adm. Sidney Drury-Lowe, CMG; one d ; died 22 Sept. 1971

Royal Navy, retired

EDUCATION Sherborne; HMS Britannia

CAREER Served European War, 1914–18 (despatches, DSO); Comdr, 1918; retired list, 1933


CLUBS United Service and Royal Aero, MCC

ADDRESS Cherry Tree, Hacheston, Suffolk

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Raymond J. Harris-St. John
Captain of H.M.S. Archer
7 Jul, 1915[3] – Oct, 1916
Succeeded by
Henry E. Horan
Preceded by
Francis A. Clutterbuck
Captain of H.M.S. Legion
8 Jul, 1918[4] – 2 May, 1919
Succeeded by



  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 2.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 830.
  3. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 392c.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 830.