Aircraftman 2nd Class Samuel John Kerr (976712) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the eldest son of Samuel Kerr and Alice Kerr of 7 Watson Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.
The young airman from Portadown, Co. Armagh enlisted in December 1939 at the age of 19 years old meaning he was old enough to serve overseas. His father, Samuel Kerr Senior, had fought during The Great War with the Royal Garrison Artillery. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Samuel worked for the Great Northern Railway Company and was a member of the Edenderry Recreation Club.
Samuel died on 26th November 1940 aged 20 years old. Records suggest his place of death was in a military hospital at R.A.F. Honington, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Many newspapers including the Northern Whig and Belfast Telegraph carried the news of the young Portadown man’s death. These reports indicated he was an “Assistant Cook”. This may be a mistranslation of A/C meaning Aircraftman.
Samuel John Kerr’s grave is in the Old Ground Section, Grave 1384 of Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown, Co. Armagh. Reverend George W. Millington conducted services at the family home, St. Mark’s Church, Portadown, Co. Armagh and at the graveside. Members of the Portadown Branch of the British Legion acted as pallbearers. Samuel’s name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh, and his headstone bears the inscription:
Time cannot dim the face we loved.