Hill's Road Wesleyan Methodst Church War Memorial
Hill’s Road Wesleyan Methodist Church War Memorial

Walter Birkbeck Kerry (1890‒1914), Corporal (L/2583), 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers, was killed in action at Le Glairet, France on 8 September 1914, aged 24. He has a grave in the Perreuse Chateau Franco-British Cemetery, in the Seine-et-Marne area of northern France. He was commemorated on this family grave, on the Cambridge Guildhall war memorial, and on the war memorial in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Hills Road, Cambridge.

Walter was born in 1890 in Cambridge. He was the sixth of the ten children of Edward Kerry and Elizabeth Kerry (née Searle), and younger brother to Margaret Dora Kerry. His middle name was inherited from his paternal grandmother, Margaret Birkbeck Kerry (née Hunt). Walter’s father worked as a carpenter, then a boot dealer and finally as a dealer in second-hand furniture. The family lived at 17 Union Terrace, 12 Gwydir Street (both in Petersfield), and 270 Mill Road (south corner of Romsey Terrace), Cambridge.

Walter joined the Army a few years before the outbreak of War as a private stationed in the Cavalry Barracks, Barrack Street, Norwich, Norfolk. He was killed in action at Le Glairet, France on 8 September 1914, aged 24. He has a grave in the Perreuse Chateau Franco-British Cemetery, in the Seine-et-Marne area of northern France. Walter was entitled to the Victory medal and British War medal. (See download: Death Announcement)

Walter Birkbeck Kerry notice of death

Hill Road Wesleyan Methodist Church War Memorial

Kerry grave
Kerry grave

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.203037, 0.13810653 – click here for location

Parish : St Andrew the Less

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1891, 1901, 1911
BMD
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Web: International, Find A Grave Index
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 25 September 1914
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 30 July 1920

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Walter Birkbeck Kerry