David Kemp, MM


Jan 9, 1889

Born to George and Harriet (nee Rollins) Kemp at Alexandria, Ontario


Nov 22, 1915

Attested into the 154th Battalion at Alexandria Ontario 

Ø      Number 633076

Ø      Next of kin given as George Kemp (father) of Alexandria Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as painter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Feb 28, 1916

Fined $2 for Drunkenness


Mar 28, 1916

Fined $6 for Drunkenness and awarded 48 hours detention


May 29, 1916

Fined $6 for Drunkenness and awarded 14 days detention


Aug 24, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Aug 26, 1916

Reported for duty from being AWL and forfeits 2 day’s pay


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the HMS Mauretania at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 31, 1916

Forfeits 9 day’s pay and allowances (the reason is not recorded in the file)


Jan 25, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Reserve Battalion at Witley


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) of the 21st Battalion


Jun 10, 1917

Left 2 CIBD to join unit


Jun 11, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field and posted to “D” Company and employed as a Stretcher Bearer 

The Battalion was in billets in the Coupigny Huts carrying out training and recreation programs



Jan 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 13, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Sep 20, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl McCoy 1093145, who had been promoted


Jan 5, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 29, 1919

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



Mar 1, 1919

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Mar 9, 1919

Assigned to Guard Duty at Namur Belgium 

There is no indication in the file as to when he rejoined the Battalion


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre with the 21st Battalion



Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp 

TOS “P” Wing at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


Apr 30, 1919

While on parade at the Witley Camp, he was presented with his Military Medal by Brig-Gen R Rennie, CB, CMG, MVO, DSO


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool


TOS #3 District Depot at Kingston Ontario


May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277490

Ø      Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Alexandria Ontario


Aug 17, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Alexandria Ontario


Mar 13, 1969

Died at the National Defence Medical Centre at Ottawa Ontario 

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