The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A H Kemsley


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Private Arthur Harold KEMSLEY, G/18933, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of Spanish Influenza, in the Working Camp at Gutsverwaeter, Lerman Utrich Vorgat in Pomerania, 12th November 1918, age 30.

Born Sittingbourne, Kent, son of George and Agnes Kemsley, of Sittingbourne, Kent.


1911 Census - Cemetery Lodge, Sittingbourne, Kent - George Kemsley, head, age 64, widower, caretaker Cemetery, worker, born Bredgar, Kent; Lily Ethel Kemsley, daughter, age 26, single, housekeeper, born Sittingbourne, Kent; * William Edward Kemsley, son, age 24, single, assistant caretaker, worker, born Sittingbourne, Kent; Arthur Harold Kemsley, son, age 22, single, printer, East Kent Gazette, worker, born Sittingbourne, Kent.


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* Private William Edward Kemsley, "C" Company, 1st/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, Service No.242608, died 6th October 1918, age 32. Son of George & Agnes Kemsley of Sittingbourne; husband of Grace Lilian Kemsley, of High Street, Upper Upnor, Rochester. Buried Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension, Doingt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France, Plot III.E.21.


11th May 1913, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, married Elsie Kemsley, spinster, 33 St Pauls Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Children - Grace Lauretta Kemsley, born 3rd October 1913; Arthur George Kemsley, born 21st February 1915.

Enlisted Northampton, Northamptonshire, age 27 years & 1 month, height 5ft 2 inches, weight 106lbs.  Resided  38 St Pauls Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire / 39, New Road., Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Formerly printer.

Home 15th November 1915 to 10th October 1916; BEF 11th October 1916 to 12th November 1918.

15th November 1915, enlisted; 16th November 1915, to Army Reserve; 30th May 1916, mobilized; 1st June 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, The Buffsh October 1916 to 12th November 1918.

15th November 1915, enlisted; 16th November 1915, to Army Reserve; 30th May 1916, mobilized; 1st June 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, The Buffs, Service No.10187; 10th October 1916, embarked; 11th October 1916, 38 Infantry Base Depot; 11th October 1916, posted 1st Battalion, The Buffs;

20th October 1916, transferred to 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd October 1916, joined battalion In the Field; 30th March 1917, joined Depot Company; 1st April 1917, rejoined Battalion; 16th April 1917, attached 3A Prisoner of War Cage; 5th June 1917, to 12th Division, rejoined Battalion, "C" Company;  30th November 1917, posted missing; 1st February 1918, on Prisoner of War List.

31st August 1919, date when Separation Allowance of 31/- a week payable to widow will cease.

1st September 1919, pension of 25/5 a week awarded to widow & two children.

12th June 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Elsie Kemsley, 39, New Road., Linslade; Children - Elsie Lauretta Grace Kemsley, 3rd October 1913; Arthur George Kemsley,  21st February 1915; Sisters - Agnes Eliza Whitehead, age 42, 100 High Street, Sittingbourne; Minnie Gertrude Smith, age 40, St Helens Lodge, East Farleigh, Maidstone; Lily Ethel Kemsley, age 35, Cemetery Lodge, Sittingbourne.

Buried at  Berlin South-Western Cemetery, XIX. A. 11., Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany.

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