Tuesday, 4 March 2014

William Kerry 1894-1915

William Kerry (photo from his great niece JR)

10 June 1894 in Castleford, Yorkshire

Son of:
John Kerry b. Swanwick, Derbyshire c1836. d. 70 Church Street, Jump 19th May 1905. Occupation miner.

Catherine (nee Pilkington) Kerry. b. Wigan 1860 daughter of a cabinet maker. d. 1923, Jump.

Position in family: The sixth of 8 children
1.John Pilkington b. Wigan 1880 (later took the name Kerry after his step-father)
2.Lydia b. 1884 Castleford and d. 11.11.1957 Leeds
3.Joseph b. 1886 South Kirby
4.Charlotte b.7.8.1887 Castleford d.19.1.1959 Hoyland Common m. Walter Hudson 20.2.1909 

5.Mary b. Castleford 1890 and d. Jump 1909
6. William b. Castleford 10.6.1894,
7. Alice b. Jump 1899 and d. 1911
8. Fred b. Jump 1903 

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 36 Church Street, Wombwell, Jump. Aged 6
1911: 22 Kitroyd, Jump, trammer in coal mine.Aged 16

Marriage: He was unmarried

Military Service:
Enlisted: *date* at Leeds at the age of **years
Regiment and Battalion:    2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers
Service number and rank:  15551 Private
Awards: 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death:     28 September 1915 aged 21 years
CWGC Remembered: Panel 46 to 49, Loos Memorial Pas de Calais, France

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of the late John Kerry and Catherine Kerry of 20 Kitroyd, Jump, Barnsley


Jump & Hemingfield War Memorial, Cemetery Road, Jump, Barnsley

William's great niece JR writes, 

"A sad family. Sister Alice died of measles aged 10, sister Mary died aged 19. Mary was in service. [...] William of course was killed in 1915. Their father John was 20 years older than Catherine his 2nd wife. He suffered ill health and was unable to work. So as not to be a burden to his family and suffering from depression on 19th May 1905 he purchased some oil of vitriol from the chemist and drank it. By the time he was found it was too late to do anything to save him."

Thanks to JR for sharing her information about William with us.
A group of Royal Scots Fusiliers - William Kerry indicated (thanks to JR)

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