Sunday, October 18, 2015

Gunner George Arthur Kemp, Royal Garrison Artillery

George Arthur Kemp was born around 1881 in Hamsey, Sussex.  He appears on the 1901 census of England & Wales, living at Horns Lodge public house with his father, sisters and maternal grandfather.  The household members, as noted on the census, are: George Kemp (head, a 57 year old widower working as a beer house keeper), Esther (daughter, aged 21, working as a housekeeper), George Arthur (son, aged 19, working as a gardener), Florence Alice (daughter, aged 13) and Ethel Margaret (daughter, aged 12).  Also staying at Horns Lodge was 81 year old widower Arthur Crendon, George senior’s father-in-law. 

Chailey Parish Magazine first notes Gunner G A Kemp, serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery in England in October 1916.  The following month it notes that he is serving with RGA (Heavy). 

Nothing further is currently known of George Arthur Kemp or his military service except that he survived the war, and was still being included in Chailey’s parish roll of men serving up to and including July 1919.

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