1. Grave:Dantzig Alley British CemeteryVI. I. 7. Mametz
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.127
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour22A GQS

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Family :

Son of Mr. A. C. and Mrs. A. Kemp, of 23, St. Thomas Rd., St. Anne's-on-the-Sea, Lancs. Native of Atherton, Lancs.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 20/Manchester Regiment 

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

Detail :

Probate KEMP Thomas of Gorse-bank St. Helen's-road Leigh Lancashire chartered accountant 2nd lieutenant Manchester regiment died 1 July 1916 in France Probate Liverpool 31 August to Arthur Collins Kemp gentlemnan and Fred Kemp cotton carder. Effects £1688 14s. 8d.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Marquis of Lorne No. 1354 E.C.West Lancashire

1st February 1911
1st March 1911
5th April 1911

"Killed in Action 1st July/16"

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