William Buchanan KERR

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KERR, William Buchanan

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 23 September 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kew, Victoria, 10 May 1893
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Scotch College, Melbounre
Occupation: Insurance Broker
Died: Killed In Action, Bloody Angle, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Rowing Club WW1 Pictorial Honour Board, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Henley Beach Council Fallen WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Henley Beach Council WW1 Service Roll, Kew War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

23 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 16th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

"Lieutenant (Lt) William Buchanan Kerr, 16th Battalion who was a 21 year old insurance broker from Adelaide, South Australia when he enlisted on 23 September 1914. He embarked for overseas from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ceramic. Following training in Egypt, the 16th Battalion landed at Gallipoli in the late afternoon of 25 April 1915. A week later, they were thrown into the attack on Bloody Angle, suffering many casualties. Lt Kerr was killed in action on 2 May 1915 and his name is listed on the Lone Pine Memorial for those who have no known grave. One of 131 photographs displayed on an honour board showing members of the Adelaide Rowing Club who enlisted for active service in the First World War..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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