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Name: Christopher KERR
Casualty No.: Ranks: Leading Seaman Initials: C Service No.: C / SSX 23486
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 24
Unit: HMS Grove, Royal Navy.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence:
Home Address:
Previous Address: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Lost at sea.
Date of Death: Friday 12th June 1942
Place of Death: Mediterranean
Battle/Campaign: Operation VIGOROUS, escorting supply convoys to Malta.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Africa Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 0
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, In Memoriam; 12th June 1944 and 12th June 1945.
Family Details:
Son of Joseph and Louisa Kerr. Husband of Eleanor Kerr, of 28 High Street, Newburn on Tyne, Northumberland.
Notes : Christopher had previously survived being torpedoed twice and up until the time of his death he had served four and a half years in the Royal Navy. HMS Grove was an Escort Destroyer, launched on 29th May 1941, with a compliment of approximately 168 crew. HMS Grove was escorting the Eastern Convoy MW11, part of Operation VIGOROUS, a supply convoy to Malta. She was hit by two torpedoes from the German U-Boat U77 and sank, North of Sollum, Libya. Two officers and 108 ratings lost their lives, sixty survived.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Roll of Honour, 20th June 1942.
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