William KEMP


KEMP, William

Service Number: 2952
Enlisted: 22 December 1915
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia , 31 July 1883
Home Town: Allendale East, Grant, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, Egypt, 27 April 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery
Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Suez Canal, Egypt
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Allendale East WW2 Memorial Park Gates, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port MacDonnell War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2952, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
9 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2952, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
9 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2952, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Clan MacEwen, Melbourne
27 Apr 1917: Involvement Trooper, SN 2952, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Private William Kemp was born in 31st of July, 1883, near the town of Allendale, Mt Gambier. He listed his mother, Jane Kemp, as his next of kin on the enlistment forms. He was a labourer by occupation, and upon his enlistment he is described as having a medium complexion, grey eyes and dark hair.

He enlisted as an A.I.F Private on the 23rd of December, 1917, aged 31 years old. He was taken on strength and went to the school of instruction. William Kemp attended Grenadier's Course. He then failed his written exam and returned to the school of instruction on the 27th of January 1917. He embarked to the 3rd L.H (Light Horse) Regiment.

His service number was 2952, and he was appointed to the 2nd Depot Battalion, he was later taken on strength. At the Second Battle of Gaza on 20 April 1917, he sustained a gunshot wound to his chest and abdomen, classified as dangerous, and taken to hospital at . He died of his wounds a week later at the age of 34 years old on the 27th of April, 1917.

He was buried at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Suez Canal, Egypt