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Robert Kerr

Portrait of Robert Kerr provided by M.W. Courtney. - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait of Robert Kerr provided by M.W. Courtney. - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Kerr AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    South African 9351 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    South African Pre 9 April 1902 AWMM Gordon Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 April 1902 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 4 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 8 pounds AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      35.5 inches AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Tuberculosis AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Discharged in South Africa, he remained living in Johannesburg.

      Served in British West Africa with the South African Forces during WW1 where he contracted tuberculosis.

      He died in Switzerland where he had been receiving treatment.

      Died in Geneva

      Father was named John James Kerr. AWMM
    • Uncle of Sydney Walter Josland, Service Number 30858. Public - David Josland - Other relative - 16 July 2018 - Family papers.
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About death

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  • Death
    • 7 April 1923 AWMM
      Age 47 AWMM
      GenevaSwitzerland AWMM
    • 7 April 1923 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 47 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cimetiere de St-Georges, Geneva, Switzerland AWMM Ashes Box 16, in the old Columbarium AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary. Mr Robert Kerr. Press, Volume LIX, Issue 17820, 20 July 1923, page 11.

    Mr Robert Kerr, whose death took place at Geneva, Switzerland, on April 7th last, of malarial fever, was a New Zealander. He was the fifth son of John and the late Amelia Kerr, of Dunsandel, where he was born and educated. When the South African war broke out he enlisted and fought throughout the war, taking his discharge in 1902. He spent several years in Johannesburg, where he followed his occupation of engineer. In 1916 he went to British East Africa, where he acquired agriculture land in the Kenza colony. He then joined the East African M.T.C., served in British East Africa and German East Africa during the late war. In June, 1921, he decided to go to England to see Mr Spahlinger for T.B. trouble. He was enthusiastic over the treatment, and furnished Sir James Allen with a report for the use of the New Zealand Government; also another report for Sir Arthur Steel Maitland, late Under-Secretary for the Colonies, who was investigating Spahlinger's work. Mr Kerr had been under treatment in Geneva for some time and was examined by dozens of doctors, who all pronounced him to be cured of the complaint. The late Mr Kerr intended visiting his native country early this spring, and the news of his death came as a great shock to his relatives. Public - David Josland - Other relative - 19 June 2019 - Obituary. Mr Robert Kerr. Press, Volume LIX, Issue 17820, 20 July 1923, page 11.
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Memorial stone, Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM

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19 June 2019David JoslandNew ZealandOther relative

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