Charles Brett Kempe

Rank Rifleman
Service No 3319
Date of Death 02/07/1916
Age 19
Regiment/Service London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) 1st/9th Battalion
Cemetery Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, France.


Charles was the only child of Charles Alfred (d.1914), a stock exchange clerk, and Ethel Mary Kempe (nee Oake), who were married in St Paul’s Canonbury, Islington, on 30th September 1893.

Charles was born in the autumn of 1896 when his parents were living at 25 Cromwell Road, Stroud Green. He was baptised at St John’s, Upper Holloway on 6th December 1896. By 1901, his father was working as a member of the London Stock Exchange, and the family were living in Acacia Lodge, The Limes Avenue, New Southgate.

Subsequently, the family moved to Manor Mansions, Stanhope Avenue, Finchley and Charles was educated at Christ’s College Finchley. He was confirmed by the Bishop of London at St Luke’s, Finchley on 9th April 1911, along with Jesse Oulet, who is also remembered on the St Luke’s Memorial. The family address at the time of the confirmation is listed as 3a Manor Mansions. At that time, his father was a self-employed jobber at the London Stock Exchange. Sadly, his father, Charles, died at the Cottage Hospital in Finchley (now Finchley Memorial Hospital) on 5th September 1914, aged just 47. The St Luke’s Finchley monthly magazine for October 1914 records that he was buried on 9th September 1914, aged 48), Charles left only £48 to his widow. His residence at the time of death is listed as 8 Southern Terrace, Squires Lane.

Charles entered the war 25th March 1915. The Queen Victoria's Rifles suffered heavy losses at the Battle of Gommecourt on 1st July 1916. Charles was buried some 15 kilometres from where he appeared to be injured on the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Charles’ mother died in Wandsworth in June 1918, aged 50.