Kerr, John Chipman

John Chipman Kerr

John Chipman Kerr V.C.

Rank: Private

Regiment: Canadian Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force

Sent by: Mr A M Breach

Other Info: “A soldier of the C.C.A.C at present in Hastings will next Tuesday be presented with the Victoria Cross. The distinguished warrior is 101465, Private John Chipman Kerr of the Canadian Infantry, The coveted award has been made for most conspicuous bravery. During a bombing attack he was acting as a bayonet man, and knowing that the bombs were running short, he ran along the parados under heavy fire until he was in close contact with the enemy, when he opened fire on them at point-blank range and inflicted heavy loss. The enemy, thinking they were surrounded, surrendered. Sixty two prisoners were taken and 250 yards of enemy trench captured. Before carrying out his very plucky act one of Private Kerr’s fingers had been blown off by a bomb. Later, with two other men, he escorted back the prisoners under fire and then returned to report himself for duty before having his wound dressed. Private Kerr hails from Fox River, Cumberland, N.S. The particulars appeared in “Canada” on 4th November (1916) and the “London Gazette” on 26th October.”

Published: February 1917

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Watson, F

Watson & Bennett

F Watson

Rank: Private

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force

Mother: Mrs W Watson

Brothers: A Watson, J H Watson & B Bennett

Address: 2 Old Humphrey Avenue, Hastings

Other Info: Wounded. Now in hospital in Ramsgate.

Published: January 1917

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Fairman, Percy Gordon

Percy George Fairman

Percy Gordon Fairman

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: 12th Battalion (Southdowns), Royal Sussex Regiment

Wife: Mrs Gertrude Julia Fairman (nee Fairman)

Brother-in-Law: T Martin

Address: Bexhill

Other Info: Text reads “… the marriage was performed at Emmanuel Church on December 25th by the Rev Sholto Newman. The bridegroom was home wounded and has since returned to the Front. The best man was Private A A Sutton, of the 90th Winnepeg Rifles. The bridesmaids are sisters of the bride.

According to CWGC, Percy died on 2nd March 1917. He is remembered at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial on panel 20.

Percy is named on Hastings War Memorial as F G Fairman.

Published: January 1917

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Belgion, Henry J

Henry J Belgion

Henry J Belgion

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment: South Wales Borderers / Cheshire Regiment

Sent by: Nurse Huntley

Nurse Huntley’s Address: The Maze, Hastings

Other Info: Invalided home. In hospital in Wales. Additional name information from the Lives of the First World War Website.

Published: January 1917

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Excell, Lionel Thomas

Excell

Lionel Thomas Excell

Rank: Lance Corporal / Sergeant

Regiment: King’s Liverpool Regiment / 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment

Parents: Mr Thomas & Mrs Edith A Excell

Brother: Reginald W G Excell

Address: 13 Emmanuel Road, Hastings

Other Info: Wounded, but now recovered and again on Active Service. According to CWGC, Lionel died aged 33 on 30th October 1918. He is remembered at Etaples Military Cemetery, grave reference LXXI.D.7.

Published: December 1916

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