Kempton, R O
RALPH OSBORNE KEMPTON
Remembered with honour Lieven Communal Cemetery Extension: Plot II, Row D, Grave 19.
He attested 19 May 1915 at Guelph, Ontario: a farmer aged 23, unmarried, 5’11” tall, Baptist; his next-of-kin was his mother of Watford. He was killed in action in an attack west of Lens.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Ralph in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 1 September 1917; plus a Grammar School In Memoriam in the issue dated 22 December 1917.
Son of Elizabeth (nee HYAM) KEMPTON of Watford, and the late Thomas Tyerman KEMPTON.
His parents married 18 November 1874 at St Jude’s, Islington, London. Thomas died 25 October 1904 in Watford aged 55, and was buried 28 October in Vicarage Road Cemetery; Elizabeth died 5 October 1948 in Watford aged 95, and was buried 8 October, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Ralph was born 3 September 1891 in Watford, and attended Watford Grammar School from January 1899 to April 1907. He worked for F H Haines & Sons, and sailed third class from Liverpool to Halifax, Nova Scotia, 3 January 1914 aboard the Allen Line Tunisian: a clerk aged 22, with his friend Sidney HAINES (q.v.).
On the 1901 Census, aged 9 he lived in Watford, with his parents and seven siblings. On the 1911 Census, an insurance clerk aged 19, he still lived in Watford, with his widowed mother and four siblings.
Unit87th Battalion, Manitoba Regiment
Date of death15/08/1917
Age at death25
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)