Ker Desmond Agar-Ellis Lt 113371

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Name Ker Desmond Agar-Ellis
Army number 113371
Rank Lt
Date of birth Born Grantham 26/5/1915.
Age 0
Unit Posted as a Cadet to 165 OCTU. Worcester Regiment - Emergency Commission as a 2/Lt 13/1/1940. Posted to No 4? I.T.C. Attached to The Durham Light Infantry 21/6/1940, posted 10th Bn DLI. Served Iceland. Attached to 49 Div HQ 15/9/42. Posted back to 10th Bn DLI. Posted to Home Details 2/1944. Attended Staff College Course No 8 at Cambridge 16/3/44. Released as Hon Captain.
Company/Battery D, Bn HQ, Home details.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Platoon Commander, Intelligence Officer, PRI/Messing Officer, Officer i/c Home Details.
Joined Brigade 21-Jun-40.
Promotions W/S Lt 13/7/1941.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action 19/8/2014. Burial took place 2/9/2014 in Croc-an-raer Cemetery, Bute, alongside the burial of his wife.
Home address Father - Reginald Arthur Ker (10/5/1881 - 13/6/1962), mother - Morna Agar-Ellis MacCarthy (1879 - 2/10/1954). Married Priscilla Ann Riley (1920 - Aug 1982 Bute) on 3/12/1942 in Newton Abbot. After War service in 1945 Lt Ker returned to work as a journalist but undertook theological training and was ordained as a Priest, serving in a variety of posts in the South-West, Scotland and London.
Source table 10DLI

Regimental Newsletter indicates that Lt Ker was still attached to 49th Divisional HQ as at June 1943.

Thanks are due to the Tatham Family History Website for the additional family information on Lt Ker.

Some records show his forename as Eadmond, but we have relied on the family history information and used Desmond. This was confirmed when a London Gazette entry was traced which corrected a former entry where his name had indeed been shown as Easmond and was thereby corrected to Desmond.