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L/Cpl William Kemp – Killed in Action

Lance Corporal William Kemp of the 2nd Scottish Rifles was killed in action one hundred years ago. I grew up seeing his name on the local war memorial, as did my father who was also named William Kemp. My dad was keen on family history, he could tell me all the living relatives and knew their exact relationship to us. He believed that all the Kemps in the Old Kilpatrick are were interrelated. So I've always seen L/Cpl William Kemp as part of my family, even though I cannot directly connect him from further research. William was almost certainly a regular soldier before WW1, either that or a recalled reservist. The Scottish Rifles were a regular battalion and started the war in Malta. However they were recalled and sent to France arriving in November 1914. William's Medal Index Card shows that he…
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Family Mystery pt.2

Following on from my previous post (Family Mystery) on this subject I realise that I hadn't updated the blog to show where I'd got to.  More details on my family history is on the web at Some judicious asking around by my cousin on some of the genealogy forums he frequents got some interesting ideas.  On checking the marriage and death certificates of James Kemp & Ann Dewar's children it became clear that there were a lot of inconsistencies in the details of their mother's details and of her parents. In particular Duncan Kemp's death certificate is interesting because he died in 1891, just after the census (an interesting story which I will write up separately). His mother was listed not as Ann Dewar, but as Isabella MacDonald. At first we thought this might just be a coincidence and there…
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