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Special Connection to PPCLI

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Special Connection to PPCLI

So when I joined my choice was to go into infantry just like my father. I put down to be a Patricia because it was in the family. Also, personally I have a little bit more personal history with the regiment as well. My dad was a personal escort for Lady Patricia back in the 80’s and my mom and my dad got to travel around Canada with them because my mom being a nurse and she traveled with her father who was Lord Mountbatten and he was a bit, he was getting there in age so they required a medical assistant. So my mom was able to go as a nurse. They stayed really good friends all through the years. They would send family Christmas cards to us and birthday cards. And then later he was killed by the IRA on his personal yacht and her son was also killed during the attack. And when my parents found out about that they were quite sad about it. She was injured too. After a couple years went by I was born so my parents decided to name me after her son that was killed. So I joined in 2003. I completed my basic military training and then went to CFB Wainwright and completed my soldier qualification and then my battle school after that. And then after graduation I went to Shilo, Manitoba as a member of The 2nd battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

After joining the military, Nick shares a personal connection he has with Lady Patricia and the reasons why being a part of that regiment is so special.

Nick Kerr

Nick Kerr was born December 2, 1981 in Victoria, B.C. His father was in the military and had a personal connection with Lady Patricia and Nick knew one day he would join that regiment. In 2003, he attended military training in Wainwright, Alberta and upon graduating went to Shilo, Manitoba. Nick joined with the 2nd Battalion Canadian Light Infantry holding rank of Corporal. In 2006 Nick accepted a deployment to Afghanistan. Returning from overseas, Nick continued serving and became part of the contingent for security at 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. as well as the 2011 floods in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Always willing to serve and volunteer his time, Nick became a huge part of the organization in which Highway of Heroes was born where he still commits twice a year to cleaning the highway. Corporal Kerr is a still serving member with the military and resides in the province of Alberta.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
October 27, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Nick Kerr
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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