Newbattle at War a history of the Parish at war   

 Now featuring Scots in the Great War Living History Society.    


Initials: D A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Date of Death: 13/10/1914
Additional information: Son of Major General Lord Ralph Kerr, K.C.B., C.B. and Lady Anne Kerr, of Woodburn, Dalkeith.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: C. 7.



Born in Curragh Camp in 1893, David Kerr,the younger son of Major General Lord Ralph Kerr,
uncle and heir presumptive of the Marquess of Lothian,was educated at the Oratory School in
Edgbaston and New College Oxford. It was while still at Oxford that he joined the 3rd Royal Scots
as a 2nd Lt.on 7 August 1914.
He was later attached to the 2nd Bn. on 10 October and was killed near Neuve Chappelle
three days later when leading his platoon into action. He was first buried at Croix Barbee by a
mobile unit of the British Red Cross and later transfered to Euston Post Cemetery C,7.
The cemetery is named after a strong point close to a light railway off the
Estaires-la- Bassee Road.
My thanks Pat Shackelton for finding this entry in "The Aristocracy at War".