Captain George Fraser Kerr, V.C., M.C., M.M. 1895-1929

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 June 13, 1916, the Military Cross at Amiens on August 18, 1918, and a Bar to the latter award at Queant 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.


In Centennial Park, between Main Street and the waterfront, Deseronto

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Hastings

Municipality: Town of Deseronto