Saturday, November 11, 2023

Frederick Walter Kerr

It is a myth that the upper classes of the UK escaped the toll of the Great War.  They actually suffered casualties in excess of their proportion of the population, mostly because they filled the ranks of junior officers who let the troops into the thick of it.  This is Colonel Frederick Walter Kerr, a son of Lord Frederick Herbert Kerr and grandson of the Marquess of Lothian.  A page of honor for Queen Victoria, he became a career military officer.  Early in the Great War, he led a brigade at the Battle of Mons where the Germans were astonished by the fighting ability of the British Army, half of whom were Scots.  Colonel Kerr was killed in action during the retreat from Mons.


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