TITLE: The Cherry Beret: Distant recollections of WWII as remembered by one of the first CANLOAN Cherry BeretOfficers
Author: Col (Retd) Ashton Kerr, MD, (1988)

This light story describes how Ashton Kerr became one of 43 Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (RCAMC) officers on loan to the British Army during WWII. His assignments took him overseas where he trained and subsequently participated in the invasions of Italy and Southern France and the liberation of Greece. His final assignment prior to returning to Canada was in Palestine. Col Kerr’s post-war assignments included Commanding Officer 1 Canadian Base Medical Unit, Iserlohn, Germany and Regional Surgeon Quebec. On retirement, he became Medical Director of the Reddy Memorial Hospital in Montreal and was the Hon Col of the 51 Medical Company now 51 Field Ambulance. Click the icon below to read The Cherry Beret.