Friday 5 March 2010

Sergeant William James Kerr

Born on 18 September 1888 in Dalmore, Scotland - husband of Maude Kerr (later Banning), Ottawa, Ontario - son of John Kerr, Glasgow, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as carriage fitter; married; no current military service; previously served with the Highland Light Infantry (three years); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 29 December 1914 (number 410952) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 September 1917 - buried in Villers Station Cemetery (grave XI.A.17), France.

(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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