Alfred Newcombe KEMSLEY MSM

KEMSLEY, Alfred Newcombe

Service Numbers: 5971, VX80892
Enlisted: 5 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Colonel
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Train
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 29 March 1896
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Nailsworth Public School, SA
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Brighton, Victoria, 24 February 1987, aged 90 years
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Memorials: Adelaide Crown Lands Department WW1 Honour Board, Prospect Roll of Honour G-Z WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

5 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5971, 4th Light Horse Brigade Train, Keswick, South Australia
26 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5971, 4th Light Horse Brigade Train, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
26 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5971, 4th Light Horse Brigade Train, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
21 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant
20 Jun 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain
6 Dec 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 2nd Divisional Train

World War 2 Service

11 Jul 1942: Involvement Colonel, VX80892
11 Jul 1942: Enlisted Melbourne, VIC
11 Jul 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Colonel, VX80892
11 Jun 1946: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Alfred Newcombe KEMSLEY was born in Prospect, South Australia on 29th March, 1896

His parents were Alfred KEMSLEY & Clare Kate NEWCOMBE

He married Glydus Annie May LOGG in the Pirie St. Methodist Church in Adelaide, South Australia on 6th September, 1921 - she died in Victoria on 12th October, 1922 less than 3 months after her son Ross was born

He remarried to Janet OLDFIELD in Victoria in 1925


Alfred & Glydus son  Ross Newcombe KEMSLEY (SN 417203) served in the RAAF during WW2 & died on 19th May, 1943




Mr. A. Kemsley, of Victoria street Prospect, has received a private cable message from his son, Second Lieut. A. N. Kemsley, stating that he has been awarded the meritorious service medal. Lieut. Kemsley, who is in his twenty-first year, enlisted at Adelaide abont two years ago as a private, and rapidly gained promotion to the rank of quartermaster-sergeant. He went to Egypt, and was later sent to France. At present he is attached to the headquarters of an infantry battalion on the west front. Prior to enlisting Lieut. Kemsley was a memeber of the staff of the Surveyor-General at Adelaide." - from the Adelaide Observer 18 Nov 1916 (

Cremated in March 1987 at Springvale Crematorium, Victoria, Australia - Funeral Service was attended by Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE