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  • Name: John Chipman KERR
  • D.O.B: 11th Jan, 1877
  • D.O.A: 16th Sep, 1916
  • D.O.D: 19th Feb, 1963
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 49th Battalion The Alberta Regiment, 7th Brigade, 3rd Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force
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Near Courcelette, France 16 September 1916

France 16 September 1916

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The First World War 1916 


 For most conspicuous bravery. During a bombing attack he was acting as bayonet man, and, knowing that bombs were running short, he ran along the parados under heavy fire until he was in close contact with the enemy, when he opened fire on them at point-blank range, and inflicted heavy loss. The enemy, thinking they were surrounded, surrendered. Sixty-two prisoners were taken and 250 yards of enemy trench captured. Before carrying out this very plucky act one of Private Kerr’s fingers had been blown off by a bomb. Later, with two other men, he escorted back the prisoners under fire, and then returned to report himself for duty before having his wound dressed. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 October 1916. 26 October 1916, Numb. 29802, p. 10395

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