3764 Private Hubert Holland KEMPE MM

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Posted on 26 April 2021

Born December 1895 Barraga, New South Wales
Residence: Cessnock
Occupation: Auctioneer

Service: NSWFB, Appointed Cessnock Volunteer Fire Brigade, 1 February 1916

Pre War, 14th (Hunter River) Infantry Battalion

First AIF
Enlisted 12 September 1917, 1st Infantry Battalion, France
WIA 11 August 1918 Gunshot wound left arm
Discharged 20 September 1919
Awarded Military Medal. London Gazette 13 November 1918

Recommendation for the Military Medal

3764 Private Hubert Holland Kempe, 1st Australian Infantry Battalion, 25th July 1918

Near STRAZEELE on the afternoon of the 11th 1918 Private Kempe was a member of a small patrol which left our lines with the object of capturing an enemy post. The patrol captured two of the garrison and killed three. Next morning he again went out with a similar patrol and took a leading part in the work which resulted in the capture of 28 prisoners 4 machine guns and a penetration of a considerable distance into a portion of the enemy's lines. He showed great courage and dash and performed valuable work in keeping his Officer informed of what was happening on the other flank.

London Gazette: 13 November 1918

Military Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal