The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Leslie William Samuel
- Regimental #:
- 'B' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Shepherd's Bush, London, England
- Father's Name:
- William James Kemp
- Mothers's Name:
- Amelia Olive Hippel Kemp
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Gold Assayer
- Selarang Camp & Barracks Changi
- 'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kanu II, Hintok Road Camp, Kinsaiyok, Tasrsau, Tardin, Chungkai
- 4/6289 and 8798
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore-Labuan-Morotai-Townsville by aircraft, Townsville-Sydney by troop train, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Otranto.
The above was included ‘Daily News’ 12 Sep 1945 the article included numerous happy outcomes of families receiving communication from their loved ones – some for first time since capitulation.
Note: The article writes Les was safe in Bombay (India) – although this is possible, most POWs were evacuated to Singapore via Bangkok. So we are not sure if it is a mistake by newspaper or if it is true. Numerous British POWs were flown to India, and certainly some Australians were included.
Les was evacuated to Tarsau Hospital Camp about August 1943 with an ulcer. Read Dick Ridgwell’s story
Les Kemp died in 1990.
‘VALE – LES KEMP
Les was a Committeeman for many years, and was Vice-President when the position became vacant a few years ago. He was the chairman of the 50th Anniversary Committee when he died suddenly. Our deepest sympathy to Mary and family. Les will be sadly missed.’
(from October 1990 ‘Borehole Bulletin’)
The following letter was published in the ‘Borehole Bulletin’ October 1990.
1 O’Neil Parade,
2/4th M.G. Bn,
My sincere gratitude to your Association and the members for their attendance at the funeral of Les. Also their care, condolences and the use of the 2/4th flag, which was admired by so many.
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
- Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
- Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
- Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
- Tardan - Thailand