KEMP, Arthur James M.M.

No.17846, Private, Arthur James KEMP M.M.
Aged 27

9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 13th to 16th September 1916

Arthur James Kemp was born in Chedburgh (1st qtr 1889 Thingoe 4a:692) son of David and Sarah KEMP (née PLUME)

1891 census...Aged 2, he was at Bury Road Cottages, Chedburgh with his father David KEMP [31] farm labourer; his mother Sarah [29] born Great Welnetham; brothers David Harry [3] and John William [11 months]. All except his mother born in Chedburgh.

1901 census...Aged 12, he was still at Bury Road with his parents; brothers David Harry, George Robert [9] and John Herbert[7]; sisters Eliza Gertrude [4], Emily Hilda [2] and Dorothy Gladys [11 months]

1911 census...Aged 22, a farm labourer, he was at New Road, Chedburgh with his parents (father a horsekeeper); brothers Harry, George,and Herbert (all farm labourers); sisters Gertrude, Hilda, Gladys and Beatrice [4]

His mother had lost one of her nine children.

His brother George was killed the same day in the same unit. They had also enlisted on the same day, having consecutive numbers see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds
The battalion was involved in the battle of Flers-Courcelette, encountering very heavy fighting on 15th when they lost their Lt.Col. MACK. They were unable to reach their objective due to machine gun fire from the QUADRILATERAL, moving back to the support trenches where they were heavily shelled and spent the 16th until relieved by 11th Essex on 17th.

The CWGC figures have 100 killed on 16th, 79 with no known grave. This may well included some from the 15th, where they record only 10 killed.

photo CWGC

Arthur Kemp is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme pier/face 1C/2A

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