Montague Ewart Miller Kemp

May 25, 1898

Born in Rotherfield, Sussex, England to Stuart and Ruth (nee Miller) Kemp


Jul 6, 1916

Attested into the 243rd Battalion CEF in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 

Ø      Number 1051064

Ø      Next of kin given as Ruth Kemp, mother, 2404 First Ave., East Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 52nd Regiment, Prince Albert Volunteers, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

Shortly after his enlistment he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal


May 20, 1917

Transferred to the Special Training Depot Headquarters and attached to the BT & PT (Bayonet Training and Physical Training) School for duty


Jul 1, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


Oct 1, 1917

Transferred to the NCO’s (Non Commissioned Officer) Training Depot


Nov 3, 1917

Transferred to the MD #1 (Military District) in London, Ontario


Mar 14, 1918

Married to Margaret Lillian Blake in London, Ontario


Apr 16, 1918

Embarked the Troopship Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the WORD (Western Ontario Regimental Depot) 7th Draft


Apr 28, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England proceeded to Witley where the entire draft was absorbed into the 4th Reserve Battalion to continue training


May 1, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private


Sep 20, 1918

Transferred to the 1st Battalion


Sep 23, 1918

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 116 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 1st Battalion


Sep 25, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 1st Battalion at the front, east of Cagnicourt, France


Sep 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 2, 1918

After leaving the 1st Battalion, Private Kemp joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches on the Hindenburg Line near Cambrai, France


Oct 11, 1918

Just 9 days after joining the battalion, Private Kemp was killed during the advance on Avesnes-le-Sec, France.  He was buried in the Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Margaret Kemp, 2404 First Ave., E., Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Ruth Kemp, at the same address as his widow


Montague Kemp is honoured on a stained glass window in the Saint Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan


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