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Born at Deseronto, Kerr attended schools here and in Toronto. With the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted on September 22, 1914 with the 3rd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force and arrived in France the following February. He won the Military Medal at Mount Sorrel on Jun 13, 1916, the Military Cross at Amiens on August 18, 1918, and a bar to the latter award at Qu'ant later that summer. The Victoria Cross, the British Empire's highest decoration for valour, was awarded to Kerr for his exemplary daring and leadership at Bourlon Wood on September 27, 1918. He outflanked a machine-gun position and later, far in advance of his troops, he rushed a strong point and, single-handed, captured four machine-guns and thirty-one prisoners.

GPS co-ordinates: 44º 11' 30.31" N 77º 03' 21.12" W (44.1916667, 77.05583333)

Street address: The plaque is located in Centennial Park in the west end of Deseronto on Main Street along the waterfront.

Information Last Updated: Thursday June 18, 2020