Kerr, Andrew (No. 8845)

Kerr, Andrew

Private

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

Killed in action on Monday 12 July 1915 (aged 17)

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 McLaughlan (sometimes McLaughlin).

Andrew Kerr was born on 2 May 1898 at Shuttlefield, Newtownards, and he was a son of William and Agnes Kerr (nee Waugh) who were married on 1 March 1893 in Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  William Kerr, a baker from Belfast was a son of Andrew Kerr, a farmer.  Agnes Waugh from Whitespots was a daughter of John Waugh, a farmer, and Mary Waugh (nee Barclay).

William and Agnes Kerr (nee Waugh) had at least four children, three born in Newtownards while William worked as a baker, and one in Scotland where William worked as a labourer:

William (born 30 September 1893 at Whitespots, Newtownards)

Margaret Waugh (Maggie, born 25 October 1895 at Front Shuttlefield, Newtownards)

Andrew (born 2 May 1898 at Shuttlefield, Newtownards)

John (born at 9.30 am on 27 April 1900 at Fullerton Street, Dundonald, Irvine, Ayrshire)

Andrew was eight when his mother, Agnes Kerr, died from tuberculosis on 4 May 1906.

Andrew’s sister, Maggie Kerr, and William McKenzie McLaughlan were married on 22 August 1913 at The Manse, Irvine, according to the form of the Church of Scotland.  William McKenzie McLaughlan (aged 29), a coalminer, was a son of Finlay McLaughlan, a coalminer, and Mary Ann McLaughlan (nee McKenzie).  Maggie Kerr was a millworker.

Private Andrew Kerr (No. 8845) served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers, and he was 17 when 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.