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Harold Sampson Kempthorne

Gisborne's War Memorial - H Kempthorne's name appears om this War Memorial

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  • Title
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    Harold Sampson AWMM
  • Surname
    Kempthorne AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 November 1880 AWMM GreymouthGrey District AWMM
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    WW1 May Clunies Kempthorne (wife), "High Barn," Sheridan Rd., Merton Park, London AWMM
  • Relationship status
    28 December 1905 AWMM Married/Pre WWI AWMM


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    Army AWMM
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    • Son of Archdeacon Kempthorne; husband of May Clunies Kempthorne, of 'High Barn', Sheridan Rd., Merton Park, London. Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission. AWMM
    • 1921 - At the Nelson Cathedral last week the Bishop of Nelson unveiled a memorial brass tablet in memory of Lieut. Harold Kempthorne, Royal Field Artillery, who was killed at Ypres on 24th August, 1917. The service took the form of the Holy Communion, the unveiling, and a short address, by the.Bishop, who was the last among those present to see and converse with the deceased soldier before he crossed the channel to France. The late Lieut. Kempthorne, who was a son of Archdeacon and Mrs Kempthorne, of Brightwater, was an Old Boy of Nelson College. He joined the Eastern Extension Cable Company's service at Cable Bay (Wakapuaka) and for some time, was stationed at Cocos Island. He, however, retired from the service and commenced tanning in England. He joined up with the forces and for some time was on the Instruction Staff at Sling, but after strenuous efforts was sent to the front where with several others he was killed in a trench by the explosion of a German shell. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 November 2015 - Press, Volume LVII, Issue 17224, 15 August 1921, Page 8
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About death

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  • Death
    24 August 1917 CWGC
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  • Cemetery
    Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM III. B. 16. AWMM
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    Sept 1917 - Lieut. Harold Kempthorne, of the Royal Field Artillery (killed), was in England when the war broke out. He enlisted at once. He was an old boy of Nelson College, and joined the Eastern Extension Cable Company. After leaving college he trained at Wakapuaka (Cable Bay) station. After a shortperiod of duty in the East he resigned from the Cable Company. Returning to New Zealand he took up land, and was the owner of a farm in Poverty Bay district when he enlisted. He leaves a widow, who is a member of the Ross family, of Cocos Islands. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 15 January 2016 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14396, 7 September 1917, Page 5
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    Remembered on Memorials in Gisborne and Nelson, at Nelson Cathedral and Nelson College Scriptorium Public - Peter - Researcher - 29 April 2018 - on site and on-line
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29 April 2018PeterNelson, New ZealandResearcher
15 January 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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