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Second Lieutenant Sydney Frank Kemp, M.C.

From G. K. Rose, The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

April 1918
“The addition of some 300 N.C.O.s and men, with whom came such valued officers as Clutsom, Buttfield, Kemp, Lodge, Boase, Kirk, and several others, acted as an infusion of new blood and vigour into the Battalion which had given nearly all of its best in the St. Quentin fighting.”

15th April 1918
“The attack, carried out by B Company under Stanley, with D in support, was quite successful in its plan but not in its result. From a cause such as every series of complicated operations in open
warfare threatened to introduce, the troops of the 4th Division on our right failed to cooperate as we expected. O’Meara, whom Stanley had placed in charge of his leading troops, after securing the cottages named as his objective, round himself attacked by the enemy from the very direction whence he had counted on assistance. After ineffectual attempts by our ‘liaison’ officer, Kirk,
to get our neighbours to do their share, B Company had to be withdrawn to their original position. The 4th Division at this time were the flank division of one corps while we were of another. To reach Battalion acting on our right a notice of our plan had to climb up through our Brigade, Division, and Corps to Army and down again as many steps the other side. A staff-officer from Army or from Corps should have been on the spot. Coucher and Kemp, two capital officers, were killed during the evening when this attack took place. Our other casualties were Killed, 2; Wounded, 18; Missing, 1.”

Name: KEMP
Initials: S F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: Bucks Bn.
Age: 34
Date of Death: 16/04/1918
Awards: M C
Additional information: Eldest son of Frank John and Ellen Kemp, of 40, Lansdowne Gardens, London; husband of Eva Kemp (formerly Wisdom), of 10, Ross St., Rochester.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 13.

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