William Munro Kerr

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Admiral SIR William Munro Kerr, K.B.E., C.B., Royal Navy (4 March, 1876 – 26 October, 1959) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Kerr graduated from Britannia in December, 1890 and was appointed to masted turret ship Inflexible, arriving there on 18 March, 1892. Duty in Ramillies and Revenge followed in 1893 and 1894.[1]

He was made an acting Sub-Lieutenant on 15 December, 1895 while serving in the corvette Volage. He was qualified for navigation duties by 1897, when he applied those skills in the training brig Seaflower, the in the gunboat Ringdove in 1898.[2]

Kerr was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1898[3] and was appointed to Pandora as navigator on 16 July, 1901.[4]

He was promoted to Commander on 31 December, 1910.[5]

Kerr was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1915.[6]

Kerr was appointed as Captain of the Dockyard and King's Harbour Master at Rosyth on 2 April, 1921 until being superseded by Captain Archibald Cochrane, C.M.G., on 30 October, 1923.[7]

Bibliography

  • "Adml. Sir W. Kerr" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 27 October, 1959. Issue 54602, col A, pg. 15.

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Michael Culme-Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Centurion
6 Mar, 1916[8] – 7 May, 1916[9]
Succeeded by
Roger J. B. Keyes
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Caradoc
12 Jun, 1917[10] – 7 Aug, 1919[11]
Succeeded by
Ragnar M. Colvin
Preceded by
Harry M. K. Betty
Captain of Rosyth Dockyard
2 Apr, 1921[12] – 30 Oct, 1923[13]
Succeeded by
Montague G. B. Legge
Preceded by
Thomas E. Wardle
Captain of H.M.S. Calliope
13 Feb, 1924[14] – 24 Apr, 1924[15]
Succeeded by
Evelyn C. O. Thomson
Preceded by
Charles T. Hardy
Captain of H.M.S. Ajax
26 Jun, 1924[16] – 24 Apr, 1925[17]
Succeeded by
Lawrence W. Braithwaite
Preceded by
Lionel G. Preston
Captain of H.M.S. Eagle
16 May, 1925[18] – 1 Oct, 1926[19]
Succeeded by
Brien M. Money
Preceded by
Bernard St. G. Collard
Rear-Admiral in the First Battle Squadron
20 Mar, 1928[20] – 5 Apr, 1929[21]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Reginald A. R. P.-E.-E.-Drax
Preceded by
Sir Frank Larken
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet
22 Apr, 1932[22] – 24 Apr, 1934[23]
Succeeded by
Edward A. Astley-Rushton
 

Footnotes

  1. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  2. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 26983. p. 3984. 1 July, 1898.
  4. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  5. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  6. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  7. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  8. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  9. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  10. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 751.
  11. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  12. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  13. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  14. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  15. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  16. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  17. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  18. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  19. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  20. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  21. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/225. f. 225.
  22. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 217.
  23. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 217.