Pilot Officer Herbert Charles Nigel Adams (128851) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. Born on 29th July 1918, he was the son of the late Benjamin Stanley Adams and Emily Jane Adams of Trevor Hill, Newry, Co. Down.
In May 1928, Adams was 9 years old. He received a maintenance grant from the Masonic Orphan Boys’ School, Richview, Clonskeagh, Dublin. He was elected as a pupil of the school the following year. His father Benjamin Stanley Adams had been a hardware merchant and was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 23 in Newry, Co. Down.
Pilot Officer Adams died on 11th November 1942 aged 24 years old. He was the Pilot of Airspeed Oxford N4596 with RAF No. 11 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit. The Mark I Oxford came down near the village of Lapley, Staffordshire. The unit was based at the nearby RAF Wheaton Aston. Adams sustained serious injuries in the incident and died later the same day at RAF Cosford Military Hospital, Shropshire.
Herbert Charles Nigel Adams’ grave is in Section 3, Grave 1 27 A of St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Churchyard, Newry, Co. Down. His headstone bears the inscription:
Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Cor. XV 54.