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August 21, 2015

Arthur Lane Kemp

by vipsinc

Arthur Lane Kemp was born in Ballarat in 1876 and was educated in Gippsland. Prior to World War One

he was a Workmen’s Inspector in the mines at Leonora, in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.A L Kemp

 

In 1915, Arthur left for England after training at Blackboy Hill Camp at Greenmount, WA.During his time in England

he suffered repeated bouts of serious illness. In February 1918 he was declared unfit for service and invalided back to

Australia the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital ship in April 1918.

 

Arthur’s Army medical records indicate there was confusion over the reasons for his repeated illnesses; On 16 June 1916

it was recorded as ‘Miners’ complaint’ (Phthisis) shortly before he departed Australia; tuberculosis was ruled out during a

medical conducted 16 June 1916. In October 1917, pneumonia caused his admission to the 1st Western General Hospital at

Windsor, England.

 

Upon his return to Australia confusion continued to reign. Arthur was diagnosed with chronic Bronchitis in January 1918,

then Fibrosis of the lungs in May 1918. Within weeks – in June 1918, the latter had been overturned in favour of a diagnosis

of Phthisis. He was officially discharged from the Australian Army Tunnelling Corps in early June 1918.

 

Sapper Arthur Kemp died in 1921.

https://bih.federation.edu.au/index.php/Arthur_Kemp

 

More on Arthur Kemp via:
http://www.tunnellers.net/nominal_rollpag.html

 

Photo Arthur Kemp via “Fighting Sons of the Empire’ page 229

 

If you are related to Arthur Lane Kemp, would you be so kind as to contact us via: miningmudandmedals@gmail.com

 

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