Aircraftman 2nd Class Samuel John Kerr (976712) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He was the eldest son of Samuel Kerr and Alice Kerr of Railway 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 abroad. His father, Samuel Kerr Senior, had fought throughout World War One.
Samuel died on 26th November 1940 aged 20 years old. Records suggest his place of death was in a Royal Air Force hospital in 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”. I believe this is 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. His headstone bears the inscription:
Time cannot dim the face we loved.
His name is one of many local men and women on the 1939 – 1945 section of the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh.