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Cpl. Fred Kerry MID.

British Army Royal Engineers 105th Field Company


Fred Kerry was the son of a well established Nottingham family who joined in late 1914 and went to France in 1914 with 105th Field Coy RE 25th Div. He was a driver but as he also was a trained butcher (his father own a farm and bred poultry & horses) so must have been a useful chap to have around. He was gassed three times and had scars on his legs where the gas had crept through his puttees, lucky he was on horseback not in the trench at the time. He was wounded twice and got married in Jan 1917 on a Christmas leave. He remained in service with 105th Field Coy until 1919.

A photo of him in uniform on his wedding day.

A copy of his MID which he was awarded in the Kings birthday honours list 1919, this was signed by Winston Churchill.

Two very small photos of him with his troop.

He rarely spoke about the war as he lost many of his friends. If anyone has any information of 105th Field Coy to share I would be really interested.

Martin Kerry

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