Joseph Chester KERR


KERR, Joseph Chester

Service Number: 900
Enlisted: 15 March 1915, at Shepparton, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sale, Victoria, September 1896
Home Town: Shepparton, Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Mouquet Farm, France, 26 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

15 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 900, at Shepparton, Victoria
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 900, 24th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 900, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
30 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 900, 24th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
12 Dec 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 24th Infantry Battalion
14 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 24th Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1916: Involvement Sergeant, SN 900, 24th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

14th September 1916 - A letter home to Chester's parent from Private William Wilbert Little

I, Private 906 William Wilbert Little, 24th Battalion, D. Company, am very sorry to relate the death of your brave son, Sergeant J.C. Kerr who was killed in action the end of last month. I have known Chess ever since he joined the colors in March, 1915. I have been with him ever since he left Australia. He was always very well liked by the boys as a private and also as a N.C.O., which we all think and know he was the right man in the right place.
He was holding a very important position in the front firing line at the time he met his death. I was a stretcher-bearer, and the call came along the line, and I saw Chess; I did my best and got him on my stretcher. After attending to him I saw he was beyond all hope, and he asked for water. He said "I am only paying the price which others have paid and I know there is no chance for me. Never mind. Are my men still hanging on to that post?" I think personally, that he was the bravest soldier that was in the 24th Battalion, and the lads of the company are never finished talking about him as he was highly respected by all who knew him, and the next morning we buried him. And in time, if all goes well, I will be able to tell you more, as I could tell you more by word of mouth than letter. I must say that all the Privates, N.C.O.s, and Officers are very sorry at their's and your loss. We miss him more as each day goes by. I think this is all I can say just now.
Believe me to be your sincere friend.
Private 906 William Wilbert LITTLE, D. Company, 24th Battalion A.I.F. On active service in France.

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan. 18/02/2017. Lest we forget.

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