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VC139   William Alexander Kerr

BORN   18 July 1831

DIED   21 May 1919  AGE   87

VC Won  10 July 1857  AGE   25

Place VC Won  Kolapore

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   William Alexander Kerr   No.   

VC Issue No.   139   Awards   VC   

Regiment   24th Bombay Infantry

Later   24th (Baluchistan) Regiment of Bombay Infantry

Now   The Baluch Regiment Pakistan Army

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Captain

Place Of Birth  Melrose,  Roxburghshire, Scotland

Place Of Death   Folkestone, Kent, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Cheriton Road Cemetery, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone    Headstone  Plot/Grave no.   Consecrated Section, Grave 3911-A

Gazetted   24 April 1858

VC Presented   04 September 1858, Major-General F T Farrell, Belgaum, India


P  Headstone, Cheriton Road Cemetery, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, England

P  Named on Folkstone Victoria Cross memorial, Tower of Christ church, Sandgate Road, Folkstone, Kent

By The Way…

William Kerr grave restored in early 2011 thanks to a campaign led by Ian Loftus of Folkstone. William Kerr and 110 John Commerell were restored.

VC Held By

The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M



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Lieutenant Kerr attacked a party of mutineers who were defending a stronghold near the town of Kolapore. Breaking down the gate and gaining entry to the defences, all the enemy were either killed, wounded or captured

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