James KERR

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KERR, James

Service Numbers: 2512, Commissioned
Enlisted: 5 August 1915, Place of enlistment - Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland England, 1892
Home Town: Darlinghurst, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mono Operator
Died: France, 18 May 1917, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Noreuil Australian Cemetery
Row H, Grave 8 Headstone Inscription "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY"
Memorials: Darlinghurst St Peters Church Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

5 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2512, Place of enlistment - Liverpool, New South Wales
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2512, Embarked on 'A32' HMAT Themistocles from Sydney on 5th October 1915, disembarking Egypt.
5 Oct 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, Actual rank EDP Sergeant
20 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Private, Reverted back to Private, but on the same day was promoted to Temporary Sergeant but reverted back to Private on 17th March 1916
17 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 55th Infantry Battalion
17 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 55th Infantry Battalion
18 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 55th Infantry Battalion
2 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 55th Infantry Battalion
19 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2512, 55th Infantry Battalion, Embarked on HT Caledonian from Alexandria, Egypton 19th June 1916, disembarking Marseilles, France on 29th June 1916 to join British Expeditionary Force.
11 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 55th Infantry Battalion, Attended the Corps Intelligence School from 26th February 1917 to 11th March 1917.
18 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Commissioned, 55th Infantry Battalion, Killed in action.

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Mr. F G. and Mrs. S. KERR, of "Kingston," 7, Lower Mycombe Rd., Neutral Bay, New South Wales. Born at Sydney, New South Wales.