William Munro Kerr

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William Munro Kerr
Born 4 March 1876
Campsie, Stirlingshire
Died 26 October 1959 (1959-10-27) (aged 83)
Lymington, Hampshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1892–1936
Rank Vice Admiral
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir William Munro Kerr KBE, CB (4 March 1876 – 26 October 1959) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be First Naval Member & Chief of the Australian Naval Staff.

Naval service[edit]

Born the son of George Munro Kerr and his wife, Jessie Elizabeth Martin,[1] Kerr joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1892.[2] By then a Lieutenant, he was in November 1901 lent to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich for the compass course.[3] The following year he was in May appointed lieutenant in charge of navigation at HMS Hermione, serving at the Mediterranean station.[4] After serving in World War I he was appointed Captain of the Dockyard and King's Harbour Master at Rosyth in 1921 and Rear Admiral of the 1st Battle Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1928.[5] He went on to be First Naval Member & Chief of the Australian Naval Staff in 1929[6] and, having been promoted to Vice Admiral in 1931,[2] he became Commander-in-Chief of the Reserve Fleet later that year.[7] He retired in 1936.[8]

He died at Lymington in Hampshire in October 1959.[1]


  1. ^ a b The Scottish War Graves Project
  2. ^ a b Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904–1945
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 29 October 1901. (36598), p. 8.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 6 May 1902. (36760), p. 11.
  5. ^ Mediterranean Fleet The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 1928
  6. ^ Four New Admirals Evening Post, 23 May 1929
  7. ^ Royal Navy October 1932
  8. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1937
Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral William Napier
First Naval Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
Succeeded by
Admiral Sir George Hyde
Preceded by
Sir Frank Larken
Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet
Succeeded by
Edward Astley-Rushton