The Laundry - Frederick Adlam and George Hutt
58 High Street
During World War One, this was James Adlam, Tobacconist. James and Sarah’s only son was 2nd Lieut Frederick George Adlam, who served with the 8th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He served in France and was wounded in action in November 1916. He gained a 1914-15 Star, a British War Medal and a Victory Medal.
Michael and Theodora Johns now lease the property and own the business The Laundry. Michael’s grandfather, George Hutt (pictured with his wife), served during the war. He was badly wounded at the battle of the Somme on August 17th 1916. The surgeon wanted to amputate his leg but George would not allow it. He recovered in a hospital in Manchester and was sent back out to the Western Front, where he was awarded the Military Medal for capturing three German officers.
Images © Wells & Mendip Museum (building) and courtesy of Michael Johns (portrait)
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