Frederick Orlando Kemp

Photograph

Memorial Plaque

     PTE F. KEMP
KING’S ROYL RIFS
       3 MAY 1917

Connection with Effingham

He was born in the parish and was residing on the Common in the period leading up to the War. He may have been one of the youngest of those named on the Effingham memorial to have enlisted: he was only 17 when he embarked for France in May 1915.

Genealogy

Frederick’s grandfather Ashley Kemp was born at Little Bookham in 1852 [GRO Ref: Epsom 2a 12, 1852 (Q2)]. Ashley married Jane (née) Harvey – who was born in Paddington – in 1873 [GRO Ref: Kensington 1a 276, 1873 (Q4)]. They settled in Surrey, raising their children in various parishes. By 1881 they were living on Effingham Common, next door to a Ranger family:

1881 Census
Common, Effingham : PRO Ref: RG11 Piece 796 Folio 87 Page 2

Frederick Ranger : head : mar : 31 : labourer, wood cutter : Effingham, Surrey
Ann Ranger : wife : mar : 27 : — : Hambledon, Surrey
Albert Ranger : son : unm : 4 : — : Effingham, Surrey
and further children …

next household:
Ashley Kemp : head : mar : 28 : carpenter : Little Bookham, Surrey
Jane Kemp : wife : mar : 31 : — : Paddington, Middlesex
Edwin A. Kemp : son : unm : 4 : — : Great Bookham, Surrey
Walter G. Kemp : son : unm : 2 : — : Leatherhead, Surrey
Annie Kemp : dau : unm : 8 months : — : Cobham, Surrey

The children Albert Ranger and Annie Kemp highlighted above would in due course marry.  Annie was still living with her parents on the Common in 1891:

1891 Census
Common, Effingham : PRO Ref: RG12 Piece 576 Folio 99 Page 8

Ashley Kemp : head : mar : 39 : carpenter : Little Bookham, Surrey
Jane Kemp : wife : mar : 41 : — : London, Middlesex
Edwin Kemp : son : unm : 14 : — : Great Bookham, Surrey
Walter G. Kemp : son : unm : 12 : — : Leatherhead, Surrey
Annie Kemp : dau : unm : 10 : — : Cobham, Surrey
Albert Kemp : son : unm : 6 : — : Effingham, Surrey

In 1897 Annie, still unmarried, produced (by a man unknown) a son Frederick Orlando Kemp, born on November 16th and registered in early 1898 [GRO Ref: Dorking 2a 159, 1898 (Q1)]; he was baptised at St. Lawrence Church on December 19th 1897. By 1901 this boy was in the care of his grandfather Ashley, while Annie was living in Guildford and occupied as a servant: 

1901 Census
Common, Effingham : PRO Ref: RG13 Piece 623 Folio 99 Page 8

Ashley Kemp: head : mar : 49 : carpenter : Little Bookham, Surrey
Jane Kemp : wife : mar : 51 : — : Paddington, London
Walter G. Kemp : son : unm : 22 : farm carter : Leatherhead, Surrey
Albert Kemp : son : unm : 16 : farm labourer : Effingham, Surrey
Frederick O. Kemp : grandson : unm : 3 : — : Effingham, Surrey

1901 Census
No. 60, High Street, Guildford : PRO Ref: RG13 Piece 604 Folio 27 Page 9

William R. Carling : head : mar : 65 : ironmonger : Bedford, Bedfordshire
with his wife, children and this servant:
Annie Kemp : servant : unm : 20 : general servant domestic : Cobham, Surrey

At this time Albert Ranger was still living with his parents on the Common and occupied as a railway platelayer. In 1905 he and Annie married [GRO Ref: Dorking 2a 231, 1905 (Q1)]. Here they are in 1911, together with Annie’s widowed father Ashley:

1911 Census
Common, Effingham : PRO Ref: RG14 Piece 3193 Schedule 122

Albert Ranger : head : mar : 34 : platelayer L.S.W.R. : Effingham, Surrey
Annie Ranger : wife : mar : 30 : — : Effingham [in error], Surrey
Fred Kemp : son : unm : 13 : school : Effingham, Surrey
Ernest Ranger : son : unm : 5 : school : Effingham, Surrey
George Ranger : son : unm : 2 : — : Effingham, Surrey
Ashley Kemp : boarder : widower : 59 : carpenter : Little Bookham, Surrey

Since Frederick is entered above with the Kemp surname, uniquely among the children, it seems safe to infer that Albert had not been Frederick’s father. Whoever that was, he may have been the source of Frederick’s second forename Orlando.

Frederick enlisted at Guildford with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and was killed in action in France on May 3rd 1917.

Military Records

1. Service Record – not found

2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Name
Rank
Regiment
Age
Date of Death
Service No.
Additional info.
Grave/Memorial Ref.
Cemetery

KEMP, FREDERICK
Rifleman
King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 8th Bn
19
03/05/1917
A/1310
Son of Albert and Annie Ranger, of The Gate, Effingham Common, Leatherhead, Surrey
Bay 7.
ARRAS MEMORIAL

3. “Soldiers Died in the Great War” Record

This adds nothing to the above other than confirming he enlisted at Guildford. 

4. Medal Record