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6976531   Fusilier Thomas David Kerr
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/02/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 14/11/1943 (Unknown)
Age: 32
Summary      
Thomas David Kerr was the son of John and Elizabeth Kerr. He was born about 1911. Fusilier Thomas Kerr served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers in World War Two. Thomas was killed during the German invasion of the Greek island of Leros on 14th November 1943.
Further Information
Thomas David Kerr was the son of John and Elizabeth Kerr. He was born about 1911.
Fusilier Thomas David Kerr served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers in World War Two.
On 29th September 1943, the Italian garrison in Leros was strengthened by the 2nd Battalion. Leros is a small Greek island off the west coast of Turkey.
The German landings began on 12th November, and forced the capitulation of the 3,000 allied forces after only four days.
Fusilier Thomas David Kerr is believed to be have been killed in the fighting on 14th November 1943.
Fusilier Thomas David Kerr is buried in Leros War Cemetery His inscription reads: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
The CWGC record Fusilier Thomas David Kerr as the son of John Kerr and of Elizabeth Kerr of Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
Fusilier Thomas David Kerr is listed on page 79 of the Ballygawley War Dead book.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballygawley Town Ballygawley CWGC lists parents in Ballygawley 54.462455 -7.029805
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Kerr family Possible listing of family at house 20 in Tulnavern, Aghnahoe, Tyrone
2 2 R Irish Fus land on Leros 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers land on Leros
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of Fusilier Thomas D Kerr's gravestone
4 Fusilier James McMaster Also died in the Leros Battle
5 Leros Seized by Germans Leros is seized by the Germans
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Fusilier Thomas D Kerr's gravestone can be purchased here
7 Wikipedia - Battle for Leros Details of the battle and capitulation of Leros in 1943
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