William KEMP
Rank: Private
Number: 12462
Unit: 9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 25 March 1918
Age: 22
Cemetery: Arras Memorial, France

William Kemp and Sarah Jones had married at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1891. Ten years later, when a national census was taken, they were living at 3 Harwood Street, Stockport and now had five children - Samuel (then 9), Lily (8), William (6), Ellen (4), John (2). Sarah's widowed mother, Ellen, was also living with them. By the time of the War, they had moved to 101 Belmont Street, Heaton Norris.

William volunteered for the army soon after war was declared - in August or September 1914. He will have gone overseas in the summer of 1915 and seen action at the Battle of Loos in the October. Almost certainly, he will have taken part in the Battalion's attacks during the Battles of the Somme and Ypres, in 1916 and 1917. William was killed during a massive German attack described here. He has no known grave.

The family will still have been grieving over William when would have arrived that John had been killed in October 1918.

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