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EPGs and New Zealand Wars by Jeanette Lee – EPG Gazette 2019 No 1

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NameKERR – William Archibald
Regiment (s)26th and 7th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 3176
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th April 1850 / 15 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 3
Fresh / Hazel / Dark Brown / Gunshot wound right shoulder
Overseas Service/DurationCrimea (no time given)
Length of Service2 years 85 days (Three years underage)
Rank/Date/Place of Discharge3rd July 1855 Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal with Alma clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
New Zealand medal for Maori Wars
Intended Residence at
Manchester England
Pension Districts1855 Manchester
1855 Liverpool
1857 Leeds
1859 Western Australia
1862 South Australia
1863 Victoria
1864-1868 New Zealand
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of BirthB 1835
Date/Place of Baptism14th January 1836 St. Mary’s Chatham Kent England
Date/Place of Birth
KERR William Cockrane (sic) Sergeant 39th regiment & others
1807 St Georges Bloomsbury London England
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
1834 Gibraltar
SiblingsJames B 1838 Kent England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
MYERS Catherine Mary
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage6th August 1855 St Mary St Denys and St George Manchester Lancashire, England
Children by 1st WifeMargaret Ann B 1860 Perth Western Australia (Western Australian birth mother Catherine Marr)
D 30th November 1861 Adelaide South Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
MYERS Thomas
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Warder in Western Australia
Newspaper ArticlesTaranaki Daily New Volume L1 Issue 218 8th September 1908 (Memorial Service for Te Ngutu o te Manu deaths)
Departure from Western
Details of departure are not clear but pension paid in South Australia from early 1862. Transferred to Victoria in 1863
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st August 1868 killed Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu New Zealand
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 William Kerr 3371 Private Depot 26th Regt location Jersey Channel Islands
Discharge due to gunshot wound to right shoulder rendering him unfit for further service.
Like many sons of soldiers William followed his father into the Army when he turned 15.
1841 Census William Alexander age 5 is living with his father William C Kerr a soldier age 30, his mother Mary age 20 and brother James age 3 at the Chatham Barracks. (Ages of adults rounded down.)
By the time of the 1851 census William A Kerr age 16 is a drummer with the 26th regiment at Fort Regent, St. Helier Jersey