Was educated in Ardrossan and Glasgow, Scotland; he came to South Africa in 1900 and practised in Johannesburg around 1905, designing a number of houses in Kensington and Yeoville. He joined the 1st South African Infantry during the First World War, campaigning in German South West Africa before going overseas with the Infantry Brigade. By 1916 he was Sergeant-Major in the South African Overseas Corps. In 1918 he was reported missing and then dead, having died of wounds while a prisoner-of-war in Germany.
The following is an excerpt from the South African Who's Who of 1912.
"ADAMS, John, M.T.A., Architect; b. 13th October, 1881, in Ardrossan, Scotland ; educ. at Ardrossan and Glasgow ; s. of John Adams ; m. 1903. Came to South Africa in 1900. Served during late war in R.A.M.C. ; S.A. War Medal, 4 bars. Has been in practice in Johannesburg for past 6 years. Clubs : Union and Johannesburg. Hobby : Gardening. Add., Gordon and Fuller Streets, Bertrams ; Office, Beresford Buildings ; 'Phone 3863."
Submitted by William MARTINSON.
(Bird, Flo. Personal communication 1995; Building June 1918:158; Building Sept 1918:195-6 death notice; Jnl ATA Feb 1916:10; Jnl ATA Mar 1917:59, 61; RAU doc)
There is also an entry for him in the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.
All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.