Kerr, Andrew (No. 8845)

Kerr, Andrew

Private

No. 8845, 1st/4th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

Killed in action on Monday 12 July 1915 (aged 30)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 72 to 75)

BIOGRAPHY

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Private Andrew Kerr (No. 8845) was born in Newtownards, lived in Barassie, Ayrshire and enlisted in Kilmarnock.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects, it is recorded that payments were made to his father William and his sister Maggie McLaughlin.

An Andrew Kerr was born on 17 May 1884 in Mount Street, Donaghadee and his birth was registered on 7 June 1884 in Newtownards.  He was a son of William and Annie Kerr (nee McWilliam, sometimes McWilliams) who were married on 10 November 1881 in Belfast.

William Kerr worked as a farm labourer and he and Annie had at least six children:

Mary (born 13 October 1882 in Ballygrainey)

Andrew (born 17 May 1884 in Mount Street, Donaghadee)

David (born 26 December 1887 in Mount Street, Donaghadee)

Maggie Agnes (born 26 October 1889 in Moat Street, Donaghadee)

Sarah (born 19 February 1891 in Bullock Row, Donaghadee; accidentally drowned 9 June 1892 at Drumawhey)

Sarah (born 8 March 1896 in Drumawhey)

Private Andrew Kerr (No. 8845) served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and he was killed at the Dardanelles on 12 July 1915.  Initially he was posted as missing in action and later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action.

Private Andrew Kerr has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.