John (Jack) KEMP

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KEMP, John

Service Number: 56
Enlisted: 30 April 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 27 December 1894
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Driver
Died: Killed In Action, France, 5 August 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba St Stephen's Church WWI Memorial Tablet, Toowoomba St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial), Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

30 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 56, Toowoomba, Queensland
24 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 56, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 56, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Brisbane
4 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 56, 26th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
17 Nov 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 56, 26th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (arm)
5 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 56, 26th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

John Kemp enlisted 30 April 1915, age 20 years 4 months, almost same day as his brother Alexander, original A Company 26th Battalion, and they both served at Gallipoli from September 1915. John joined his unit in France in June 1916. Eight weeks later he was killed in action at Pozieres. He was only 21. He has no known grave.

His brother, 102 Pte. Alexander Kemp, 26th Battalion AIF had died of wounds at Gallipoli on 23 September 1915, at 19 years of age. Another older brother, 5361 Pte. William McFarlane Kemp, also of the 26th Battalion AIF, was killed in action at Bullecourt 9 May 1917, aged 29. A fourth brother, James Kemp, was sent home to Australia later in 1917 by the authorities on account of his three brothers having lost their lives.

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