Born: 1896, Boscombe, Hampshire.

Died: 1.45am – 26th May 1916; age 29; Died of Wounds – at No. 10. Casualty Clearing Station, Abeele – Shot in the abdomen by a sniper while standing in a trench when doing the rounds of his trench.

Date of Entry Therein: 22nd July 1915.


Took part in the Battle of Loos, on the 25th September 1915, he led his men 300 yards beyond the German trenches.

In December 1915 he was promoted to Lieutenant.


Rank: Captain.

Regiment: Rifle Brigade, 12th Battalion, 60th Brigade, 20th Division.


Grave Reference:


Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,







1901   Ashcroft, Park Road, East Barnet, Hertfordshire.

Photograph courtesy of Gordon Kerr.

Edward was 4 years old and living with his parents.

William Francis Kerr, 29, a Clergyman – Church of England, born Jamaica, West Indies.

Elizabeth Ada Wallace Kerr (nee Bournes), 31, born Clare, King’s County, Ireland.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1911   Marlborough College, Wiltshire.


Edward was 14 years old, and a Student at the college.


Edward attended Marlborough College, C1. entered September 1910. He was a Foundation Scholar, a House Prefect and a Captain of his House. Edward won his XV. colours in 1914, and gained a Classical Exhibition at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Edward was planning to read Classics at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, in 1915, he entered for admission, but did not matriculate. Instead after leaving Marlborough College in 1915 he obtained a commission in the Rifle Brigade.




Soldiers’ Effects to Rev. William Francis Kerr – father.


The Rev. William Francis Kerr was Rector of  St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich from 1911 – 1919. Before becoming the Rector of Treeton Parish Church, Rotherham, Yorkshire.


Edward is remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich, and at Marlborough College, and at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

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