|Tom Edwin Adlam|
21 October 1893|
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
|Died||28 May 1975
Hayling Island, Hampshire, England
|Buried at||St Matthew's Churchyard, Blackmoor|
|Years of service||1912–1945|
|Unit||7th Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards|| Victoria Cross
Silver Medal of Military Valor (Italy)
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Edwin Adlam VC (21 October 1893 – 28 May 1975) was an English 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.
Adlam was twenty two years old, and a temporary second lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place on 27 September 1916 at Thiepval, France, for which he was awarded the VC.
A portion of a village which had defied capture on the previous day had to be captured at all costs to permit subsequent operations to develop. This minor operation came under very heavy machine gun and rifle fire. Second Lieutenant Adlam realising that time was all important, rushed from shell hole to shell hole under heavy fire collecting men for a sudden rush, and for this purpose also collected many enemy grenades. At this stage he was wounded in the leg, but nevertheless he was able to outthrow the enemy and then seizing his opportunity, and in spite of his wound, he led a rush, captured the position and killed the occupants. Throughout the day he continued to lead his men in bombing attacks. On the following day he again displayed courage of the highest order, and though again wounded and unable to throw bombs, he continued to lead his men. His magnificent example and valour, coupled with the skilful handling of the situation, produced far-reaching results.
- "No. 29836". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 November 1916. pp. 11525–11526.
- National Union of Teachers War Record, 1914–1919
- News Item Adlam's Victoria Cross loaned to Salisbury Guild Hall
- ADLAM, Lt-Col Tom Edwin, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007, accessed 19 Nov 2012
- Tom Edwin ADLAM, V.C. – The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - The Somme (Gerald Gliddon, 1994)