Friday 5 March 2010

Private William Kerr

Born on 16 May 1890 in Hamilton, Scotland - son of Mrs. Mary Kerr, Hamilton, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as plasterer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 8 May 1915 (number 410330) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 8 June 1918 - died of sickness on 10 November 1918 - [no entry in Commonwealth War Graves Commission's "Debt of Honour].

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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