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Robert Bellew Adams
26 July 1856 – 13 February 1928
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Place of birth Muree, British India
Place of death Inverness, Scotland
Resting place Glasgow
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
British Indian Army
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Afghan War
Chitral Expedition
Tirah Campaign
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Relations Edward Donald Bellew VC (second cousin)

Major General Sir Robert Bellew Adams VC KCB (Muree, Punjab, India, 26 July 1856 - 13 February 1928, Inverness) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Adams was 41 years old, and a Brevet Lieutenant Colonel in the Staff Corps and Corps of Guides, British Indian Army during the Tirah Campaign, India when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:

Action

On 11 August 1897 at Nawa Kili, Upper Swat, India, Lieutenant Colonel Adams, with two other officers (Viscount, Alexander Edward Murray Fincastle and Hector Lachlan Stewart MacLean) and five men of the Guides, went under a heavy and close fire, to the rescue of a lieutenant of the Lancashire Fusiliers who was lying disabled by a bullet wound and surrounded by enemy swordsmen. While the wounded officer was being brought under cover he was unfortunately killed by a bullet.

During the fighting at Nawa Bali, in Upper Swat, on the 17th August, 1897, Lieutenant-Colonel R. B. Adams proceeded with Lieutenants H. L. S. MacLean and Viscount Fincastle, and five men of the Guides, under a very heavy and close fire, to the rescue of Lieutenant R. T. Greaves, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was lying disabled by a bullet wound and surrounded by the enemy's swordsmen. In bringing him under cover he (Lieutenant Greaves) was struck by a bullet and killed — Lieutenant MacLean was mortally wounded — whilst the horses of Lieutenant-Colonel Adams and Lieutenant Viscount Fincastle were shot, as well as two troop horses.[1]

He was the second cousin of Edward Donald Bellew, VC.

References

  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 26908, p. 6143, 9 November 1897. Retrieved on 24 December 2009.

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