Bertie, Ninian Mark Kerr

He was the fourth and youngest son of Reverend the Hon. Alberic Bertie, of Gedling Rectory, Nottingham, and Lady Caroline Bertie, daughter of the Earl of Antrim. His uncle, Sir Francis Bertie, was British Ambassador in Paris. He entered Mr. Fort’s House from Mr. G.T. Worsley’s school at Hillingdon. He would have gone up to Christ Church, Oxford in October 1914 but on the outbreak of war he at once joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., being admitted to Sandhurst a fortnight later.

He obtained his commission in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in December 1914, and in March 1915 proceeded to France with a draft to join the 4th Battalion. The 4th KRRC had gone into reserve near Bellewaarde Lake on the evening of 5th May but were back in line by the evening of 7th May when subjected to fiece fighting the following day, during which 2nd Lieutenant Bertie was killed.

Another Wykehamist, Lieutenant Lucas Henry St Aubyn King (A 1908-1912) was also killed that day (see individual entry).

Bertie’s place of burial is unknown but he is commemorated on Panels 51 and 53 of the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Bertie
  • Forenames or initials: Ninian Mark Kerr
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1910-1914
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 19th November 1896
  • Date of Death: 8th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial