Brevet Major William Kemp
- Born : 15
- Where Born : North
Abbey, Co. Cork, Ireland.
: Prior to and magistrate, landowner and pioneer
- Date Arrived : 2
- Ship Arrived on :
- Rank on Discharge : Major,
- Date of Enlistment :
6 May, 1805
- Regiment Enlisted :
55 th Regiment Lieutenant
- Where Enlisted :
- Date of Transfer : 1822
to 16th Regiment of foot Captain
- Date of Transfer : 1838 to 80th
Regiment of foot Brevet Major
- Date of Discharge :
- Died :
28 July, 1856
- Where Died / Buried : Died
Macleay River. Buried on property Boonanghii
- Parents Names :
- Spouse's Name :
Maria Susanna Blackiston
- Born : 1801
- Where Born :
Chatham, Kent, England.
- Occupation : Pioneer
- Date Arrived :
2 December, 1837
- Ship Arrived on :
- Died :
6 June, 1863
- Where Died / Buried : Died Macleay River. Buried at Old
Port Macquarie Cemetery.
- Date Married :
26 November, 1821
- Where Married :
St. Margaret, Rochester, Kent, England.
- Spouse 's Parents : Thomas
Bradley Balckiston & Susanna Hadden
- 1. William Henry Kemp (1823....1857)
Lieutenant William Kemps Plaque
- 2. Robert Augustus Hadden Kemp (b........d.)
- 3. Frederick Richard Kemp (b........d.)
- 4. James Hadden Kemp (b........d.)
- 5 . Maria Susanna Kemp (b........d.)
- 6. Galway Francis Kemp (b........d.)
- 7. Ellen Kemp (b........d.1928)
m 21 July 1859. James Henry Young B (15 May 1834 at Moorcourt near Romsey,
Hampshire, England arrived in Sydney in the "Chusan" on 3 August 1852 died
- 8. Harriett Anna Kemp (b........d.)
- 9. Arthur Kemp (b........d.)
Photograph of Arthur Kemp
- Sephi Kemp. descended from Robert Augustus Hadden
Macleay Valley, N.S.W.
During the course of his military
career, Major William Kemp was stationed in the West Indies, the
Cape of Good Hope and Ceylon, and fought in the Napoleonic wars.
On his arrival in New South Wales, Major Kemp was transferred to
Port Macquarie where he acted as Military Commandant for two
years. During this time, he abolished the flogging of convicts
and was kind and humane to the Aboriginal people.
- Items on his army records held at the PRO in Kew:
- Born at North Abbey, Cork, Ireland on 5th
- Age on
first entrance into the Army 24 years
Ensign 55th Regt 6 May 1806
Lieutenant 55th Regt 20 Nov 1807
Captain 55th Regt 14 Nov 1822
Captain 16th Regt 27 May 1824 By
made from Army Lists.
1825-1830 Captain 16th Regt
27 May 1824
1831-1836 Captain Permanent Assistant 10 Dec
Quarter Master General
1837-1838 Major Staff Appointment Chatham 10 Jan 1837
1838 Major 80th Foot
31 Mar 1837
1840 Major 80th Foot
- Not in
army list in 1841.
Officers retired from the Army were required to send in a certificate each
year stating they were still alive and their names would then appear on the
lists, whether they had sold out or not. Major W Kemp of the 80th
was officially retired 1857/8. He was named as a casualty “Late of the 80th.”
- William Kemp’s situation as shown on the
baptismal records of his children.
- 10 Feb 1826 Capt 16 Inf
- 3 Jun 1829 Capt 16th Foot
- 4 Feb 1831 Staff Captain in Fort Pitt
- 26 Dec 1832 Staff Captain
- 2 Feb 1835 Staff Capt Chatham Garrison
- 3 May 1838 Brevet Major, 80th
- Two of the officers William replaced when he
Lieut. W Kemp
Ens W Macdonald
14th Nov 1822
55 foot company warrant without purchase of the
death of B May Loftie
The senior lieut. Kemp is one of Nov 1807
The Senior Ensign/ Macdonald is one of May 1814.
Lieut William Kemp to be Captain without purchase vice Loftie deceased
Ensign William Macdonald to be Lieut via Kemp
(Loftie was a witness at his marriage in 1821.)
And I found this piece of information on the internet then looked up James
Straker when we were in the PRO in October, 2006.
Connaught Journal, Galway, Monday June 21, 1824.
War Office 11 June 1824.
16 Regiment of Foot – Captain William Kemp from
the 55th Foot to be Captain, vice James Straker, who retires upon
half pay York Chasseurs.
- James Straker was placed upon half pay from ill health without
receiving difference. He was not desirous of further service.
- He was a married man having been married in Florence in the Chapel of
the British Minister by the Rev Mr Taylor. He had one daughter Christina
Marianne who was born 3 Aug 1828 and he’d lived in Italy ever since his
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