Kerr, Hugh (No. 64156)

Kerr, Hugh

Lance Corporal

No. 64156, 150th Field Company, transferred to

‘G’ Depot Company, Royal Engineers, 36th (Ulster) Division

Died of disease on Wednesday 2 October 1918 (aged 39)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave 1. 48)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards

Family grave headstone in Movilla Cemetery

BIOGRAPHY

Hugh Kerr was born on 4 January 1879 in the townland of Ballyhay, Newtownards and he was a son of Andrew and Jane Kerr (nee McClune) who were married on 23 September 1870 in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church.

Andrew Kerr was a farmer and he and Jane had at least nine children:

William (born 16 December 1870 in Drumawhey)

David (born 16 October 1872 in Drumawhey)

James (born 16 February 1875 in Drumawhey)

Andrew (born 10 May 1877 in Drumawhey)

Hugh (born 4 January 1879 in Ballyhay)

John Francis (born 23 September 1881 in Ballyhay)

Joseph (born 6 October 1884 in Ballyhay; died 24 July 1985)

Jane (born 2 November 1887 in Ballyhay; died 2 September 1890)

Sarah Jane (born 20 March 1892 in Ballyhay)

Their mother, Jane Kerr, died of chronic bronchitis at Ballyhay on 2 March 1909.

Hugh Kerr worked as a carpenter before the Great War and he and Agnes Snodden (sometimes Sneddon) were married on 27 September 1907 in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church.  Hugh Kerr from Ballyhay was a son of Andrew Kerr, a farmer.  Agnes Snodden from Donaghadee was a daughter of Alexander Snodden.

Hugh and Agnes Kerr lived at 14 Kimberley Buildings, Newtownards and they had at least two children:

Andrew (born 4 September 1908 in East Street, Newtownards)

Margaret Jane (born 10 February 1912 in Donaghadee Road, Newtownards)

Hugh Kerr enlisted in Belfast, he served with the Royal Engineers and went to France on 5 October 1915 with the 150th Field Company.

Lance Corporal Hugh Kerr was 39 when he died of dysentery on 2 October 1918 at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport in England.  His remains were brought to his home in Newtownards and then taken from there for burial in Movilla Cemetery Newtownards on Saturday 5 October at 4.00 pm.

There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

ASLEEP IN JESUS

Lance Corporal Hugh Kerr is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial; in the PCI Roll of Honour for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards and on the family grave headstone in Movilla Cemetery.