Arthur Lane Kemp
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.
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
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.
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