Kerr John Fusilier 4274183

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Name Kerr John
Army number 4274183
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Research suggests birth registered in Glendale, Northumberland in Q1 1914, mother's maiden surname Simpson.
Age 29 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 9th Battalion. Served B.E.F.? Served Malaya. Taken Prisoner of War by the Japanese. Embarked Singapore 9th October 1942. Believed to have died as a PoW - subsequently confirmed. DIED 14/11/1943 - location Taitchu, Formosa.
Company/Battery Z Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Not yet known.
Joined Brigade
Promotions None known.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Yes - captured 15/2/1942 at Singapore when the force was surrendered.
Died/Killed in action DIED 14/11/1943 - cause of death Beri Beri. Initially interred on Formosa in Grave 62/KPM/6/1/17 Mantoroku Cemetery (2B-4-4). Re-interred 21/7/1947 in Grave V.K.7. Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong. Headstone inscription reads:- "AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER HIM". Probate granted 23/4/1945 at Newcastle upon Tyne to David William Kerr, Omnibus Driver (Possibly John's father).
Home address Son of William and Florence Kerr. Husband of Joan Douglas Kerr of Bridlington, Yorkshire. Wife lived at Milfield, Wooler.
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