William Munro Kerr
|William Munro Kerr|
|Born||4 March 1876
|Died||26 October 1959 (aged 83)
|Years of service||1892–1936|
|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.
Born the son of George Munro Kerr and his wife, Jessie Elizabeth Martin, Kerr joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1892. By then a Lieutenant, he was in November 1901 lent to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich for the compass course. The following year he was in May appointed lieutenant in charge of navigation at HMS Hermione, serving at the Mediterranean station. 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. He went on to be First Naval Member & Chief of the Australian Naval Staff in 1929 and, having been promoted to Vice Admiral in 1931, he became Commander-in-Chief of the Reserve Fleet later that year. He retired in 1936.
- The Scottish War Graves Project
- Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904–1945
- "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 29 October 1901. (36598), p. 8.
- "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 6 May 1902. (36760), p. 11.
- Mediterranean Fleet The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 1928
- Four New Admirals Evening Post, 23 May 1929
- Royal Navy October 1932
- Whitaker's Almanack 1937
Rear Admiral William Napier
|First Naval Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
Admiral Sir George Hyde
Sir Frank Larken
|Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet