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Name: James Colin Kerr Rank: Lieutenant Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles Awards: The Belgian Croix De Guerre with Palm (1940 WWII version, posthumously July 26, 1948) Date of Birth: April 20, 1921 Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba Date of Enlistment: June 21, 1940 Place of Enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba Address At Enlistment: St. Vital, Manitoba Age at Enlistment: 19 Height: 5 feet, 7½ inches Weight: 144 lbs. Complexion: Medium Eyes: Hazel Hair: Brown Trade: Clerk Marital Status: Single (at Enlistment) Religion: United Church Next of Kin: Hilda Henrietta Kerr (Mother) St. Vital, Manitoba Alice Pearl Kerr (Wife) Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: October 10, 1944 Age at Death: 22 Cemetery: Adegem Canadian War Cemetery Belgium Grave Reference: IX. F. 12 Commemorated on Page 352 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on July 28 Lieutenant James Colin Kerr was the son of Colin Archibald (1895- 1964) and Hilda Henrietta (Morse) Kerr (1899-1996) of St. Vital, Manitoba. His mother was born in Lawrencetown, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. James was the husband of Alice Pearl (Pippy) Kerr (1920-2011), of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. They were married on August 18, 1943 at St. Vital, Manitoba. He went to school at Windsor School, and completed secondary education at the Glenlawn High School; both in Winnipeg. His hobbies included stamp collecting and models. After enlistment, he first departed Canada via Halifax, Nova Scotia for the UK August 28, 1941, disembarking in Liverpool, England September 13, 1941. Officer training saw him return to Canada in May of 1943 and he married in August while in Canada. He then transferred back to his battalion in 1944. He served in Canada and in the United Kingdom until August 12, 1944. He disembarked in France on August 13, 1944 and served there, and in Belgium. Returning to his unit after being wounded in action September 14, 1944, he was killed in action against the enemy October 10, 1944.
James Colin Kerr