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William James Kerr

In memory of:

Sergeant William James Kerr

September 18, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)


38th Bn.

Additional Information


September 18, 1888

Son of Joseph Kerr, of Glasgow, Scotland; husband of Maud Banning (formerly Kerr), of 30, Cumberland St., Ottawa, Canada.

Commemorated on the Sergeant William James Kerr Plaque.

Commemorated on Page 268 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

XI. A. 17.


Villers-au-Bois is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 11 kilometres north-west of Arras. The VILLERS STATION CEMETERY is about 2 kilometres north-west of the village.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– This plaque is dedicated to the memory of Sergeant William James Kerr, born in Scotland and immigrating to Canada where he joined the 38th Battalion in December 1914, serving with the Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda from August 1915 to May 1916. The 38th Battalion left for England in June and continued on to Belgium where, by mid-August, they occupied trenches east of Ypres. In September 1916, the joined the Canadian Corps in the Somme operations and went on to Vimy in November, where they took part in the April 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge. The Battalion continued operating in the Lens area until October. Sgt Kerr was killed in September 1917, and is buried in Villers Station Cemetery, southwest of Lens.

This plaque was originally located at the Loyal Orange #222 Billings Bridge; at the time, the village of Billings Bridge was a small community near the present day Billings Bridge in Ottawa. With the closure of the Lodge, the plaque eventually came into the hands of Gloucester Township Historical Society.

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