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William McMaster KERR

Regimental number7160
Date of birth18 September 1899
Place of birthBullyard, nr Bundaberg, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressBororen, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 10.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Kerr, Bororen, North Coast Line, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil (previously enlisted; discharged, 29 November 1916, following mother informing military authorities that he had enlisted without parental authority: underage)
Enlistment date6 September 1917
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Ormonde on 2 March 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 July 1919
Discharge date29 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 2 March 1918; disembarked Suez, 4 April 1918.

Embarked Port Tewfit, 30 April 1918; disembarked Southampton, England, 15 May 1918, and marched into 5th Training Bn, Codford.

Transferred to 49th Bn, 3 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 August 1918; taken on strength, 49th Bn, in the field, 17 August 1918.

Detached to Australian Base Depot, Havre, 9 March 1919, and attached to Headquarters.

Marched out to England, 10 June 1919; disembarked Southampton, 11 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ulysses', 22 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 5 September 1919; discharged, 29 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 26 May 1942; discharged, 30 October 1945, as Q133008 Staff Sergeant, 3rd Australian Advanced Ordnance Depot, Harristown Toowoombah, Queensland,
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