Kerr Eby (1889–1946)
The son of Canadian missionary parents, Eby was born in Japan but grew up in Canada. In 1907 he moved to New York to study art. During the early and mid-1910s, he lived in Cos Cob near the Holley boarding house (today's Bush-Holley House).
When the U.S. entered the War, Eby tried unsuccessfully to get a commission as an artist, finally enlisting in the Army on June 19, 1917. He first served as a driver for the Ambulance Corps and was later assigned to the Camouflage Division where he painted battery guns in camouflage, a technique strongly associated with World War I. In April 1918 his unit was transferred to northeastern France where he fought in the battle of Château-Thierry, among others.