b. 09/1910 Stanford Dingley, Berkshire. d. 10/09/1937 Greece.
DATE OF EM ACTION: 02-05/05/1936 Addis Ababa, Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).
Adrian was the only child of Albert Henry William and Irene Trapman (nee Maggiolini Di Mombercelli). His mother was Italian, and he grew up living in Berkshire. His parents eventually moved to Italy, where his father died in 1932. Following the award of the EGM, Adrian gained a new posting in Greece. He died in a motorcycling accident on 10th September 1937 aged 27.
Mr. Trapman played a prominent part in the incidents at Addis Ababa early in May following upon the flight of the Emperor, and was particularly concerned with the rescue of persons from the city, which was in the hands of a disorderly and uncontrolled mob. On the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th May, 1936, he took part as a volunteer in repeated expeditions to rescue British and foreign men, women and children from the town and to bring them in to the safety of the British Legation. Each expedition involved a drive of some ten miles in an open lorry exposed to-dangerous rifle fire from the rioters, many ‘of “whom made a practice of discharging their firearms at every passing vehicle.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD. SOLD AT DNW IN 2011 FOR £9,500.