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Herbert William Adcock (1884-1959)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, September 24, 1959

Full Legion Honours
For H. W. Adcock

    Full Legion honours were accorded the late Herbert William Adcock at 2 p.m. Saturday, when funeral rites were held at Christ Church Cathedral. Chief mourner was Carl Bryden, an old friend of Mr. Adcock's .

    Although he lived in the north for many years, "Ad" was a quiet man about whom very little was known. Born 75 years ago in Leicestershire, he came to Canada as a lad of 16 and spent most of his life in the country following a wide range of activities.

    After farming awhile near Regina, he became interested in the real estate business. At the outbreak of World War 1, Mr. Adcock returned to England with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served as an officer. Upon discharge in 1920, he came back to Canada to spend many years in Prairie centers.

    It was during these years he was active as a Conservative party worker and came to know well such political figures as R. B. Bennet and Arthur Meighan. The editor of the Calgary "Eye Opener," Bob Edwards, was another of his close friends.

    Sometime in the early 1930s Mr. Adcock came to the Yukon, working first in the Sixty Mile area for Holbrook Dredging Company.

Worked For DOT

    Early in World War II, he came to Whitehorse to work for the Department of Transport, transferring later to a position as accountant for the construction firm of Bennett and White. For the past 15 or 20 years, he made his home at the Regina Hotel in Whitehorse.

    He had been ill for many years but always managed a smile for anyone he spoke to. Just before his death, Mr. Adcock was visiting friends in Dawson City, where he was a house guest of K. D. McRae. He died September 10 in St. Mary's Hospital, Dawson.

    His only known relative is a brother, Sir Frank Ezra Adcock, a professor at Cambridge University, England. Following funeral services Saturday, interment took place at Whitehorse cemetery.

    Pall bearers were D. Stewart, R. Shea, A. Berry, L. McKenzie, A. Daws and J. Barry.