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Kemp, William John

Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


William Kemp served with the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment in Africa
He rose to the rank of Captain (war subs) and after the war received a short service commison (15 October 1951) as Lieutenant (Qr.-Mr.) Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Warrant Officer 3rd Class
1 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (Worthing)
Awarded on:
February 24th, 1942
"Platoon Sergeant-Major Kemp was in command of a platoon which was attacking a strong enemy position outside the eastern perimeter of Tobruk fortress on 22 November 1941. This Warrant Officer, from the outset of his platoon’s advance over a long exposed approach to the enemy’s position was in advance of his men, continually encouraging them.

On arrival at the enemy’s defensive wiring this Warrant Officer stood, completely regardless of his personal danger, in an exposed position, directing the sections of his platoon through the gaps he had found. His coolness and courage had an enormously steadying influence on his platoon. The care with which he directed his platoon through the wire and on to various objectives (enemy posts) ensured the success of the attack.

When the objectives had been taken, this Warrant Officer in spite of his wounds, crawled between the sangars in which his platoon was disposed in order to cheer his men. Throughout this period the area was being heavily shelled and mortared by the enemy. The area was also under enemy machine-gun fire. Throughout the attack the conduct of this Warrant Officer was of an exceptionally distinguished order in the face of the enemy."
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Second World War (1939-1945)
1 Clasp: Palestine
General Service Medal 1918-1962