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Private W Kemp


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Private William KEMP, G/12672, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 3rd October 1917,  age 25.

10th April 1893, born Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, son of Joseph Benjamin & Eliza Kemp, of 32 Upper Street, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent / 53, Houseland Road, Tonbridge, Kent.

Educated St Johns School, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


1911 Census - 32 Upper Street, Denny Bottom, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Jozseph Kemp, head, age 57, married, gardener, own employer, at home, born Wadhurst, Sussex; Eliza Kemp, wife, age 49, married 30 years, 8 children, all still alive, at home, born Wadhurst, Sussex; Ada Kemp, daughter, age 27, single, domestic, at home, born Wadhurst, Sussex; George Kemp, son, age 19, single, gardener, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; William Kemp, son, age 17, single, houseboy, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Agnes Kemp, daughter, age 14, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; William Twiner, lodger, age 46, widower, retired grocer, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 


Enlisted Tunbridge Wells, Kent, age 22 years & 282 days, height 5ft 4½ inches.  Resided 32 Upper Street, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells,  Kent. Formerly gardener.

Home 8th February 1916 to 21st June 1916; BEF 22nd June 1916 to 19th July 1916; Home 20th July 1916 to 28th March 1917; BEF 29th March 1917 to 3rd October 1917.

8th February 1916, enlisted; 9th February 1916, to Army Reserve; 18th March 1916, mobilized; 18th March 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th March 1916, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd June 1916, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 24th June 1916, 5 Infantry Base Depot; 15th July 1916, 65 Field Ambulance, wounded, gun sot wound, left leg; 20th July 1916, to England, wounded, gun sot wound, left leg; 20th July 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd July 1916 to 21st October 1916, Paignton, American Women's War Hospital, gun shot wound, left leg; 21st October 1916 to 30th November 1916, Paignton V A Hospital; 30th November 1916 to 3rd January 1917, Breeze? House Hospital, Launceston?; 3rd January 1917 to 10th February 1917, Convalescent Hospital, Eastbourne; 19th February 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th March 1917, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th March 1917, embarked / disembarked; 21st April 1917, joined Battalion "A" Company, In the Field; 2nd July 1917, 13 Field Ambulance PUO; 10th July 1917, rejoined Battalion.

Second Lieutenant Frank Cook wrote: "I have known him for quite a time, and had a great respect for him, and feel his loss greatly, as does the whole platoon, for he was a splendid soldier."

29th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, J B Kemp, 32 Upper Street, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells; Mother, dead; Brothers - George Kemp, age 27, 21st Lancers, Meerkrat, India; (one dead); Sisters - Mrs Pearce, age 36, 39 Langborough  Road, Wokingham, Berkshire; Mrs Jeffrey, age 35, 4 Raisden Terrace, Tonbridge; Mrs Search, age 28, 5 Winkfield Road, Gravesend; Miss LIzzie Kemp, age 33, 32 Upper Street, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells.

Commemorated at  Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Belgium.

NOTE: Regimental History & Soldiers Died in the Great War shows one initial W (William); CWGC website shows J W (John William).


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