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William Mclean Kerr (1892 - 1917)

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William Mclean Kerr
1892 - 1917
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c. 1892
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July 7, 1917
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William Mclean Kerr was born c. 1892. He died on July 7, 1917 at 25 years of age.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 285094 Rank: Private Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders Unit/ship/squadron: b Coy. 6th Bn.
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William Mclean Kerr passed away on July 7, 1917 at age 25. He was buried in Ypres (menin Gate) Memorial Panel 38., Belgium. He was born c. 1892. We have no information about William's family or relationships.
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In 1892, in the year that William Mclean Kerr was born, on October 5th, the Dalton Gang was shot. The Gang was attempting to rob two banks - simultaneously - in Coffeyville Kansas but word spread of the robberies and townspeople with guns greeted them when they left the banks. Four members of the gang were killed - only Emmett Dalton survived his wounds and spent 14 years in prison.

In 1900, at the age of only 8 years old, William was alive when the U.S. helped put down Boxer Rebellion. The Boxer Rebellion took place in China, where the presence of "outsiders" (foreigners) was resented. The United States, along with Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Russia, had business interests in China and these countries all sent troops to put down the Rebellion and keep China open to their presence and to Christian missionaries.

In 1904, at the age of just 12 years old, William was alive when the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

In 1917, in the year of William Mclean Kerr's passing, "I Want You" became famous. James Montgomery Flagg's poster, featuring Uncle Sam and based on a 1914 British poster, attracted thousands of U.S. recruits to WWI duty. Over 4 million posters were printed in 1917 and 1918.

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