820, Private, 3 Pioneer Battalion, AIF.
b. Abt. 1885 Berry, NSW.
Enlisted: 14.02.1916 Brisbane, Qld.
d. 5 Aug 1955 Brisbane, Qld.
Next of Kin: Charles Kemp and Elizabeth Perkins of Burringbar, NSW - Parents.
Wife: Alice Mabel Jones.
George Kemp was 30 years old and working as a farmer when he enlisted. He stood 5 feet 5½ in his socks and had a medium complexion with brown hair and blue eyes. His distinguishing feature was a scar on the right side of his lip.
Once trained, Kemp was shipped to France via Cape Town in South Africa. On 24th February 1918, he was sent to hospital whilst on leave in England and later discharged in May of the same year.
He was returned to his unit, and returned to Australia on the HT Ulysses on 18th January 1919.
George Kemp retired to Beach Parade Maroochydore, but died at the Repatriation Hospital, Greenslopes, on 5th August, 1955. He was buried in the Military Section of Woombye Cemetery.
Source: National Archives of Australia; Nambour Chronicle 19 August 1955 p8.
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
George is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is commemorated on the Sunshine Coast. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.