William Allan Bass “Allan” “Big Bill” “Spud” Adams

Australia Military Forces


BIRTH: 18 August 1896
Brisbane, Queensland
DEATH: 12 June 1977 Brisbane, Queensland
DEATH: 12 June 1977
Brisbane, Queensland

OCCUPATION: Fishmonger, 1930: Farmer, 1931

RESIDENCE: Possum Creek (Bangalow), NSW, 1925; Homer St Earlwood, NSW, 1930; Humnock Rd Pemberton (Bundaberg), Queensland, 1931


  • Bangalow Royals RL 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923
  • Byron RL Representative v Newtown RL 1920
  • Bangalow RL v Lismore RL 1921
  • Byron RL Representative v Casino RL 1922
  • Byron RL Representative v Ballina RL 1924
  • Byron RL Representative v Lower Richmond RL 1924, 1925, 1926
  • Byron RL Representative v Newtown RL 1924 (W. Adams)
  • Byron RL Representative v Tweed RL 1925, 1926
  • Byron RL Representative v Balmain RL 1926
  • Far North Coast RL v New Zealand RL 1925
  • Far North Coast RL 1925, 1926, 1927
  • Byron Bay Seagulls RL 1926
  • Lismore All Blacks RL 1926, 1927
  • Lismore RL Possibles v Lismore RL Probables 1927
  • Country RL Seconds v City RL Seconds 1927
  • Wests RL First Grade 1928, 1929
  • Wests RL Seconds 1929
  • City RL Seconds v Country RL Seconds 1928


Allan Adams was born at Brisbane, Queensland.  He moved with his family to the NSW far North Coast as an adolescent. The Adams family lived in a village by the name of Possum Creek in the Byron Bay hinterland.

He enlisted with the 41st Battalion at Lismore in 1916 and saw action on the Western Front. He was posted to the War Graves detachment at the end of hostilities.

Allan returned to Australia in 1919, and in 1920 his rugby league career took off. He was first noticed in 1920 in a match between a Byron Bay representative team and a visiting Newtown side from Sydney. Allan was playing on the wing and noted for his size and speed. At that time he was playing for the local Bangalow Royals Rugby League team.

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