Edward John "Jack" Kerr

Jan 17, 1894

Born in Bancroft, Ontario to Edward and Martha (nee Gillen) Kerr

His father Edward, died in 1915 and he had to support his widowed mother


Jan 17, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) under the MSA (Military Service Act) in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 3055581

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Martha Kerr, mother, Bancroft, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Posted to the depot battalion’s 3 Regimental Draft


Feb 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Mar 4, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the entire draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 15, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Kerr joined the 21st Battalion.  Because the battalion was involved in heavy fighting, he joined the rear details of the battalion in Marcelcave, France.  He joined the main body of the battalion a few days later and was posted to “A” Company


Dec 13, 1918

Private Kerr crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion as part of the Occupying Force and proceeded to Seigburg, Germany



Mar 14, 1919

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and proceeded to England pending return to Canada for duty with the Military Police


Mar 17, 1919

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 23, 1919

Transferred to the NBRD (New Brunswick Regimental Depot) in Ripon pending return to Canada


May 6, 1919

Embarked the SS Scotian in Liverpool



May 15, 1919

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario

On arrival in Kingston Edward Kerr was transferred to the Military District No. 3 Detachment of the Canadian Military Police Corps for duty and appointed the rank of Lance Corporal


Jul 9, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Bancroft, Ontario

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Bancroft, Ontario

Following the war he was employed at the Sawyer-Stoll Lumber Camp, Massanoga, Ontario, south of Denbigh


Oct 22, 1930

Married to Julia Margaret Jan in Bancroft, Ontario


Nov 19, 1981

Edward John Kerr died in Northbrook, Ontario and was interred in the Northbrook United Church Cemeter



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