Private Adam Kerr

Private Adam Kerr, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 23rd April 1917 aged 28, during the Battle of Arras and is buried in Bootham Cemetery, Heninel. His Headstone is inscribed ” Peace Perfect Peace “. He had been born in Lilliesleaf and was the son of William and Agnes Kerr, Kirkhope Cottages, Selkirk. Before enlisting in December 1915 he had been employed as an engineman in Newton St. Boswells.  He had originally enlisted in the 7th/8th K.O.S.B. but was transferred to the R.S.F. in France. He fell in an attack near Cherisy in the Sensee valley which was halted by intense machine gun fire. Casualties were heavy, almost 50% of the Battalion strength. 6 Officers and 55 Other Ranks were killed and 4 Officers and 195 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 209 Other Ranks were posted missing. The photograph shows British troops with a tank in the main Street of a captured village near Arras.

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