Kemp, Robert Henry (Robert)
Royal Irish Rifles
Died of disease on Friday 6 February 1931 (aged 45)
Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery (Grave 2.228)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
The name Robert Kemp is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles. The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.
Robert Henry Kemp died of pulmonary tuberculosis at 54 Francis Street, Newtownards on 6 February 1931 (aged 45) and on his death certificate he was described as a discharged soldier. His wife, Isabella Kemp, was with him when he died.
In some records, his surname is spelt Camp.
Robert Henry Kemp was born on 19 February 1885 in Cloverhill Demesne, Castlesaunderson, Co Cavan and he was a son of Richard and Elizabeth (Eliza) Kemp (nee Jones).
Richard Kemp worked as a labourer and he and Elizabeth (Eliza) Kemp (nee Jones) had at least four children:
William (born 28 November 1878 in Cloverhill Demesne, Castlesaunderson, Co Cavan)
Anne Ellen (Annie, born 15 January 1881 in Cloverhill Demesne, Castlesaunderson, Co Cavan)
Robert Henry (born 19 February 1885 in Cloverhill Demesne, Castlesaunderson, Co Cavan)
John Charles (born 24 September 1888 in Cloverhill Demesne, Castlesaunderson, Co Cavan)
After he left school, Robert Henry Kemp worked as an agricultural labourer.
Robert Henry Kemp and Isabella Duncan were married on 6 September 1917 in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church. Robert Henry Kemp was described as a Private in the 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers from The Camp, Armagh and he was a son of Richard Kemp, a labourer. Isabella Duncan from Newtownards was a teacher and she was a daughter of Hugh Duncan, a farmer.
Ex-Rifleman Robert Henry Kemp was 45 when he died at home and he was buried in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards. He is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.