203051 A.CPL SAMUEL KERR
5th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Interred in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Plot 10, Row A, Grave 6.
Samuel Kerr, a brother of the late Mrs Ferguson of Queen Street, enlisted at Kilmarnock, in Ayrshire. Probably like many other men from the district, he had gone to Scotland in search of work, and on the outbreak of hostilities enlisted at the nearest depot. He was obviously well known in Ballymoney. The 5th Battalion HLI, were serving in Palestine in early November 1917, as part of the 52nd Lowland Division. On 7th November Gaza had been captured and the troops now moved into open country to the north, into what we now call the Gaza strip. Fierce fighting took place in this mountainous region north of the Wadi el Hesi, which lies about seven miles north of Gaza. The Wadi el Hesi rises in the Judaean Hills and flows in a succession of pools in a westerly direction to the Mediterranean Sea. On either side of it's mouth sand dunes run from three to four miles inland. Behind these sand dunes there is a strip of fairly good land with several small villages and then a wild mountainous region to the north. It was here that the advance took place but did not start until after darkness had fallen. By 8.20pm they had taken their objective. It was in this attack that Samuel Kerr was killed. He is buried in Gaza War Cemetery.