Prominent Citizen, Soldier Passed Suddenly on Friday
Grimsby Independent, 23 Oct 1952, p. 1,5
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23 Oct 1952
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17 Oct 1952
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Kemp, Frederick Garfield
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Lt.-Col. Frederick Garfield Kemp, D.S.O., M.C., died suddenly at his home, No. 8 highway east, on Friday last, in his 60th year. A veteran of the First World War, he had served in France with the 4th Canadian Infantry Battalion (the Mad Fourth), had been twice wounded in action, and had been awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross, as well as being mentioned in dispatches in 1918.

He enlisted in 1915 in the 23rd Regt. of Parry Sound, and in 1916 joined the 162nd Battalion C.E.F. Going overseas with the rank of captain with that unit, which was broken up in England, he reverted, at his own request, to the rank of lieutenant in order to get into action. On arrival in France, he was attached to the 4th Battalion and served with it to the end of the war.

Born in North Grimsby, on December 28, 1892, eldest son of the late Robert H. and Susan L. (Boughner) Kemp, he was educated at the Grimsby Park School, Grimsby High School and Canada Business College.

He entered the employ of A.L. Perkins, Powassan, in 1911 and was assistant manager at time of enlistment. He had also resided in Quebec for 18 years where he was manager of the Quebec City branch of Lewis Bros. Limited.

In June 1924 he became partially paralyzed from effects of an operation in France, and he had spent some years in Christie Street and later Sunnybrook Hospitals. Since 1938, he had been in a wheel chair.

He returned to Grimsby to reside in 1943.

He was a life member of Powassan Lodge, No. 433, A.F. and A.M., and a member of Quebec Lodge of Perfection, and Montreal Consistory of the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the C.O.F., Canadian Legion and the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In religion, he was a member of the United Church.

Surviving besides his wife, are a son, Garfield, of Simcoe; two daughters, Dawn, nurse in training at London, and Diane, at McMaster University; a brother, Charles Kemp, of Hamilton, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Drew, of Oshawa.

Funeral services which were largely attended were held in Trinity United Church on Monday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. R.K. Lemkay, assisted by Dr. Matheson, Dean of Emanuel College, Toronto.

Honorary Bearers were members of the 4th Battalion, being Lt.-Col. L.H. Nelles, D.S.O., M.C.; Lt.-Col. W.H. Jollife, M.C.; Major R.S.Watson, M.C.; Lieut. L.M. Glazier, M.M.; Major T.A. Morrow, M.C.; Major Wm. C. Bottrill, D.F.C.

Active bearers were 3 members of the 4th Battalion: James Gordon, Stanley Haggert, Frank Mann; 3 members of West Lincoln branch, Canadian Legion, M.S. Nelles, Fred. Jewson, Wm. Wright.

Medal bearer was Robert Walters of the Canadian Legion.

Bugle-Major Mitchie sounded the Last Post and Reveille.

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Prominent Citizen, Soldier Passed Suddenly on Friday