Douglas William Clyde KEMP

KEMP, Douglas William Clyde

Service Number: SX8157
Enlisted: 6 July 1940, Wayville, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Unley, South Australia, 1 February 1920
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, New Guinea, 18 December 1943, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Methodist Church Honour Board WW2, Lae Memorial, Prospect Methodist Church WW2 Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

6 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SX8157, Wayville, South Australia
6 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SX8157, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1940: Embarked HMT Mauritania
13 Jul 1941: Involvement Private, SX8157, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Syria - Operation Exporter
29 Jan 1942: Involvement Private, SX8157, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre
29 Oct 1943: Involvement Lance Corporal, SX8157, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns
Date unknown: Involvement

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Born 1 February 1920 in Unley, South Australia
(SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928. Book : 49A Page : 540 District : Ade.)

Father William George KEMP and Mother Sabine Myrtle (nee STANWAY. Later McCartney)

Mother Sabina Myrtle McCartney
living at 30 Balville Street, Prospect, South Australia
(17/4/1944 moved to Coronation Road, Strathalbyn SA).

Previous service:
20/10/1936   Senior Cadet with D Company, 43rd/48th Battalion

Described on enlisting as 20 years 4 months old; single; 6' tall; Methodist

6/7/1940     Enlisted at Wayville, South Australia

9/7/1940     reported for duty RRD

24/7/1940    marched out from RRD to No.2 ITD

9/8/1940     admitted to Wayville Isolation with Rubella
12/8/1940   discharged to duty

22/8/1940    marched into 2nd/27th Battalion, from No.2 ITD

20/10/1940  embarked on board the HMT Mauritania for overseas
24/11/1940  disembarked Middle East

13/7/1941    taken on strength into 2nd/27th Battalion

29/1/1942    embarked in the Middle East on board HT Ile de France
12/2/1942    transhipped at Bombay to HMT Lily of London
25/3/1942    disembarked HMD

7/8/1942      Embarked at Brisbane QLD, on Zebuland Pike
14/8/1942    disembarked at Port Moresby

23/11/1942   wounded in action - Gun shot wound across forehead
29/12/1942   evacuated to 2/9 Australian General Hospital (AGH) - (Malaria)
8/1/1943       discharged for duty

14/1/1943     Embarked at Port Moresby on board Taroona
16/1/1943     disembarked at Cairns, QLD

7/2/1943       admitted to 101 General Hospital - Malaria
27/2/1943     Marched in GDA SAL from 101 AGH for disposal

25/3/1943     evacuated to 2/2 AGH - Malaria
                    transferred to X List
8/4/1943       discharged
9/4/1943       taken on strength into 2nd/27th Battalion

6/6/1943       evacuated to 2/6 AGH - Malaria
19/6/1943      discharged to unit

6/8/1943       embarked on board Duntroon, ex Townsville QLD
8/8/1943       disembarked into Port Moresby, New Guinea

5/9/1943       evacuated to 2/5 AGH - Malaria
20/9/1943      evacuated to 113 Australian Convalescent Depot
9/10/1943      discharged to NG Details Depot
12/10/1943    taken on strength 2nd/27th Battalion

29/10/1943    appointed paid Lance Corporal

17/11/1943    promoted to A/Corporal

18/12/1943    Noted as "Missing - Believed Killed"

18/12/1943    "Became Missing and for official puposes presumed dead"
buried in:       NO KNOWN GRAVE

Medals: (posted to mother on 20/2/1950)
1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Pacific Star; Defence medal; War medal; ASM

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  31/3/2015.  Lest we forget.