Private Arthur Kerss

Private Arthur Dodds  Kerss, 44th Battalion Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action in France, aged 31, on 3rd September 1918 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France. He was the son of James Kerss of Shidlaw, Cornhill-on-Tweed and had been born in Roxburgh and had emigrated to Canada and had enlisted in Calgary, Alberta. ( The Battalion had been originally designated ” Manitoba ” but in August was re-named ” New Brunswick ” ). Before enlisting he had been a joiner. ( The day before he died 7 Canadians won the Victoria Cross for their actions in defeating the Germans Drocourt-Queant defense lines.

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