Adam Fulton

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a Soldier of the Border Regiment / Remembered with Honour
Adam Fulton, April 1915
Adam Fulton, April 1915
Rank Captain (Acting) / 20 July 1917
Lieutenant / 5 August 1915
2nd Lieutenant / 10 March 1915
Company B Company, 7 Platoon
Battalion 6th Battalion / September 1915 – September 1916
Regiment Border Regiment
Born 10 July 1897 / Fife, Scotland
Education Kelty Board School
Dunfermline High School[1]
Beath High School
University of Edinburgh[2]
Spouse(s) Jane Kelso / Married 1928
Children Kelso Fulton / Scottish international rugby player
Jean Fulton
Nationality Scottish
Casualty Type Wounded twice / Survived the War
Died 2 February 1997
Age 99 Years
Resting Place Auchtermuchty Cemetery, Fife, Scotland
Coordinates Map marker green 1.png Latitude: 56.2884471 / Longitude: -3.2272866
Periodicals Article in the 1994 Spring issue of the Western Front Association journal Stand To.
Reminiscences and Experiences of Adam Fulton in the Great War (Part One)
Reminiscences and Experiences of Adam Fulton in the Great War (Part Two)
Reminiscences and Experiences of Adam Fulton in the Great War (Part Three)
Shortly after the onset the war, and underage, Adam Fulton was commissioned into the Border Regiment. In Gallipoli and Thiepval he was the platoon commander for 7 platoon, B Company.[3] He was twice wounded in action firstly in 1916 at the Somme and, a year later at Ypres (Passchendaele).[4]

The 6th Border Regiment War Diary entry for 26 September 1916 reads: "The attack of the Border Regiment (was)…led by Captain Carr and 2Lt Fulton who, though wounded before the objective was reached, carried on and saw his men established; the captures amounted to 2 machine guns and 191 prisoners, while nearly 100 enemy were killed; Captain Carr and 2Lt A. Fulton led most gallantly and were a very fine example to their men. Both of these officers were wounded before or at Joseph trench but continued in the attack and saw their men settle down to work in Schwaben before thinking of themselves. In the second trench Capt. Carr tackled 3 of the enemy single handed and accounted for two of these before he was knocked out by a second wound."

At Ypres Adam was the officer commanding A Company of the 1st Border Regiment, and had been newly promoted to the rank of Captain. Throughout the war he served with the University of Edinburgh Officer Training Corps (September 1914 / February 1915) and several battalions of the Border Regiment.

  • 3rd Border Regiment – April 1915 - June 1915
  • 10th Border Regiment – June 1915 / 22 September 1915
  • 6th Border Regiment – September 1915 / September 1916
  • 3rd Border Regiment – December 1916 / February 1917
  • 1st Border Regiment – February 1917 / August 1917
  • 3rd Border Regiment – 29 November 1917 / 20 December 1917
  • Command Depot, Heaton Park, Manchester - 20 December 1917 / 28 August 1918
  • 3rd Border Regiment – 28 August 1918 / 31 December 1918
  • 2nd Border Regiment - 31 December 1918 / January 1919
  • Demobilised - February 1919

  • Promotion to Lieutenant – 5 August 1915
  • Wounded – 26 September 1916
  • Made acting Captain – 20th July 1917
  • Wounded – 14th August 1917

Following the war he returned to the University of Edinburgh, changed course of study, and graduated M.R.C.V.S in 1922. He went into veterinary practice in Auchterarder, Crieff and, Lochgelly prior to joining the Colonial Veterinary Service. He served in the Gold Coast (Ghana) before being appointed in 1949 as the Director of the Joint Veterinary Services for Sierra Leone and The Gambia – in the Gambia his staff included the country’s future prime minister and president, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara GCMG.

During the Second World War he served with the Northern Territories section of the Gold Coast Home Guard. In 1940 he survived being torpedoed whilst on board the MV Accra. In the 1950s he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture travelling throughout Scotland inoculating cattle in the campaign to make all dairy herds tuberculosis free. Later he established Liberia’s veterinary service on behalf of United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation.

At the time of his death he was 5 months away from reaching 100 years of age. In 1928 Adam married Jane Kelso, the daughter of Fife local council politician and businessman, Hugh Kelso. Fifty years later in 1988 Adam and Jane Fulton celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

For more photographs see Photographs of Adam Fulton
References and notes
The information in our Rolls of Honour have been compiled using two primary sources: HMSO's Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database. These have been used for consistency to ensure that any transcriptions are as accurate as possible, with the exception of discrepancies between the two sources and typos that occur from time to time. Additional sources, where used, have been referenced separately below. For soldiers that survived the war, their details do not contain the memorial scroll and are not listed in the Rolls of Honour. However, each individual has his own remembrance page to be remembered with honour.

For the Lonsdale Battalion Roll of Honour a secondary and carefully researched source, The Lonsdale War Grave Project, has been used to fill in some gaps with information not available in the aforementioned sources. Permission has been kindly granted by the owner for use here. For further information about the fields used above see Notes and definitions for soldier remembrance pages.

  1. The school roll of honour entry reads: Fulton, Adam, Capt., 1st Border Regiment. Commissioned, 10th March 1915. Gallipoli, September 1915. Left at the evacuation for Egypt. Drafted to France in following June. Wounded at the Somme, 26th September. Invalided home, but returned to France, February 1917. Wounded second time, 13th August 1917. Son of Mr Adam Fulton, Netherton, Kelty.
  2. The university roll of honour entry reads: FULTON, ADAM. Student of Medicine, 1914-15. O.T.C. Infantry, Oct. 1914 to March 1915, Cadet. 10th Border Regiment, 2nd Lieut; Lieut. Aug. 1915.
  3. At the time of the Officers’ photograph, early 1916, B Company comprised of: Officer Commanding - Captain RN Carr; Second in Command / Deputy – KM Chance; Platoon Commanders - Lt CB May, 2Lts A Fulton, FW Stiven and JG Runciman.
  4. Edgar Edward Julian Cooke. The Fallen Servicemen of South West County Durham. Accessed 26 April, 2020.