21 June 1917 : Major Henry George Vergottini Adler

Henry Adler was born on 7 June 1873 Winburg, Orange Free State, South Africa

Location of Winburg in South Africa (cc OpenStreetMap)

His parents were Wilhelm Heinrich and Cecelia (née Virgottini) of Gloucester Crescent, London. 

Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London

He was educated at Army House, Neuenheim College, but resigned after 2 years to study mining and metallurgy at the School of Mines, South Kensington. He was a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. 

St Mary Abbot's Church, South Kensington

In 1897 he married Miss Ruby Escombe at St.Mary Abbot's Church, South Kensington, London. They lived at 192 Queens Gate, South Kensington. 

Henry Adler held mining responsibilities in Canada, South Africa and Australia. 

In 1915 , age 42, he returned to England to enlist. He began as a 2nd Lt, RGA in 1916, and was quickly promoted to Captain and then on 6 June 1917 to Major, Royal Garrison Artillery, 184th Siege Battery. 

Officers' Pension Files. WFA on Fold3

Major Henry George Vergottini Adler 

Kia Ypres 21 June 1917



Sources: Ancestry and De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour vol 5, Census Returns, British Newspaper Archive, WFA Officers' Records on Fold3.