John Adler

Born 1891 to Irene Adler, widow of Godfrey Norton, who had reverted to her maiden name after her husband's death 18 months before. Was put in an orphanage following his mother's death when he was nearly two. Joined the British Army in 1910 at the age of 19. Rose to the rank of First Lieutenant over the next four years. Promoted to Captain in 1915. Decorated war hero.