Alexander KEMP

KEMP, Alexander

Service Number: 102
Enlisted: 1 May 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bungeworgorai, Queensland, Australia, 21 August 1896
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Tinsmith/Plumber/Gasfitter
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 23 September 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli
Special Memorial 1, Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
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)
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Toowoomba, Queensland
24 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 102, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 102, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Brisbane
23 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 102, 26th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Alick Kemp enlisted 1 May 1915, age 18 years 8 months, and was an original member of A Company 26th Battalion AIF, along with his brother John or “Jack” Kemp. Alick and John were sent to Gallipoli on 4 September 1915. Alick was reported to have been hit in the head by a piece of shrapnel on 22 September 1915, and died of his wounds the next day in the 13th Casualty Clearing Station.

His brother “Jack” Kemp was killed in action the next year at Pozieres on 5 August 1916. 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.

An article in the Brisbane Courier dated 13 October 1915, called HEROES OF THE DARDANELLES.

'Mr J. Kemp, of Stephens Street, Toowoomba, was officially advised to-day that his son, Private Alick Kemp, 26th Battalion, had died of wounds received at Gallipoli on September 23. The deceased was about 20 years of age, and before going to the war was employed by Mr. T. R. Roberts, tinsmith, Toowoomba. Two other sons of Mr. Kemp are with the forces.'