Colonel Frederic Kerr D.S.O., M.I.D.

Colonel Frederic Walter Kerr, D.S.O. M.I.D. 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, attached as General Staff Officer to 1st Division Headquarters. He was killed by shellfire in Belgium on 31st October 1914, aged 47. He had been born in Croyden and was the son of Admiral Lord Frederic Kerr and Lady Frederic Kerr ( nee Maitland ) and husband of Lady Helen Kerr of Lavender Cottage, Breamore Salisbury. He is buried in Ypres Town Cemetery Extension, Ypres where his Headstone is inscribed ” In Loving Proud And Honoured Memory”. He was among the killed when the Germans shelled Hooge Chateau where the 1st Division commanders were conferring on the battle situation.  He had served in India where he was awarded his Distinguished Service Order. he ad also seen action in the Boer War  where he was promoted Brigade Major and was Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General of the 1st Army Corps between 1904 and 1906. In 1908-1912 he was Deputy Assistant Director of Movements, War Office.  He became GSO1 of the Scottish command between 1913-1914 and at the outbreak of War went to France with the 1st Division. The photo shows Hooge Chateau after the shelling.

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