Colonel R Scott-Kerr CMG CB MVO DSO


Robert Scott-Kerr was born on 8 Nov 1859, the son of William Scott-Kerr and Frances Louisa Fennessy. He was educated at Eton and then Trinity College Cambridge. He was initially commissioned into the 24th Foot with whom he served in the Zulu War, and fought at Ulundi. He transferred to the Grenadier Guards and went with them to the Sudan and South Africa in the Boer War. He was mentioned in despatches and was awarded the DSO. He commanded the 1st Battalion from 1904 to 1908 and subsequently commanded the Grenadier Guards regiment. He instituted the regimental Old Comrades Association in April 1913.

In World War One he commanded 4th (Guards) Brigade of the 2nd Division in Aug 1914 with the rank of Brigadier-General. He was wounded on 1 Sep 1914 at the battle of Villers-Cotterets when he rode up to the 2nd Battalion to give some orders and was shot in the thigh. He was shipped back to England but the injuries proved so severe that he never again held a field command. He commanded a brigade in the Home Forces for the remainder of the war, before retiring in 1919. Brigadier-General Scott-Kerr died on 25 Nov 1942. He was married to Isobel Margaret Waters; there were no children.


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by Stephen Luscombe