Service Number: Chaplain
Enlisted: 20 November 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain (Chaplain 4th Class)
Last Unit: Australian Army Chaplains' Department
Born: Belfast, Ireland, 2 June 1881
Home Town: Burwood, Burwood, New South Wales
Schooling: Trinity College Dublin, Western College Bristol
Occupation: Congregational Clergyman
Died: Septic Pneumonia, Cairo, Egypt, 13 June 1917, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
F 262
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burwood Memorial Arch
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World War 1 Service

20 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Chaplain, Melbourne, Victoria
16 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Medic embarkation_ship_number: A7 public_note: ''
16 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, HMAT Medic, Sydney
13 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Chaplain, Australian Army Chaplains' Department

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Born 02 June 1881 at Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland
Son of Patrick and Martha DEMPSEY
Husband of Lily Ethel DEMPSEY
Of Ethel Street, Burwood, NSW
Aged 35 years
Enlisted 20 November 1916 for Continuous Service
​Embarked 16 December 1916 per 'Medic' from Sydney, NSW
​Served in England and Egypt
After a month in Egypt was admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo dangerously ill with Pyrexia on 30 April 1917
Died 13 June 1917 of Septic Pneumonia
Aged 36 years
Buried Cairo War Memorial Cemetery F 262



Impressive and largely-attended memorial services for the late Chaplain Rev. John Dempsey, M.A., were held yesterday in the Burwood Congregational Church, with which deceased had been connected for a number of years. The attendance at the morning service was so large that many were unable to find accommodation. The church was draped with the Union Jack and in purple and white. Soldiers from the camp and also returned men were present in the morning, and buglers from the Liverpool Camp sounded the "Last Post,"while Chopin's Funeral March was played by the organist. Chaplain Rev. R. Scott West, M.A., who conducted the service, paid a striking tribute to deceased's service, not only to his country, but also to his fellow-men. The evening service was conducted by the Rev. R. B. Reynolds, M.A., B.D., who also delivered an impressive appreciation of the late chaplain, and referred to the splendid spirit of self-sacrifice that had animated his enlistment in the service of his country, and to his faithful work for the Church. He added that the fact that 90 young men from the Church had gone to the front, and that the congregation had always included a large number of men, reflected deceased's popularity and influence among them.

Sydney Morning Herald Monday 25 July 1917 page 6