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18 Mar 1893
Bulwell Nottingham
Thomas Harry, known as Harry, was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Kemp. He was one of 13 children of whom only eight survived childhood. Nine children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: William, Ernest b. 1886 (J/A/S Nottingham), Mary Ann, David b. 1891 (A/M/J Basford)-died 1892 (A/M/J Basford), Thomas Harry b. 18 March 1893, Charles Edward birth registered J/F/M Basford, Nellie, James Albert birth registered 1900 J/F/M Nottingham and Elsie. In 1881 Thomas (24 b. Newark), a coal miner) and Elizabeth (23 b. Newark) were living at 2 Mulberry Terrace, Bulwell, with their 4 month old son, William. They were still living at the same address in 1891 and now had four children: William (10), Ernest (6), Mary Ann (5) and David (1 month). David died the following year aged one year. The family had moved to 4 Mulberry Terrace by 1901. Six of Thomas and Elizabeth's children were at home on the night of the census: William (20) a bricklayer's labourer, Ernest (16) a general carter, Mary (14) a lace mnder), Harry (8), Charles (6) and James (1). Another daughter, Nellie, whose age was given as 14 on the 1911 Census and would have been about 4 years old in 1901 was not in the house on the night of the census. By 1911 Thomas and Elizabeth were living at 1 Crown Street, Bulwell. Only five of their children were in the family home on the night of the census: Thomas Harry (18) an out of work coal miner, Charles (16) a pony driver underground, Nellie (14) who worked in a laundry, and James (11) and Elsie (7) who were still at school. The Royal Navy notified Elizabeth Kemp of her son's death in 1916; her address was given on the Naval record as 199 Commercial Road, Bulwell.
He was an out of work coal miner in 1911 but a pit pony driver when he joined the Royal Navy in June 1913.
31 May 1916
3036938 - CWGC Website
SS/114134 (Po)
Stoker 1st Class
HMS Black Prince Royal Navy
Thomas joined the Royal Navy on 5 June 1913 on a 12 year engagement (5 years RN, 7 years Royal Fleet Reserve). He served in the following ships and shore establishments: Victory II, 5 June 1913-31 October 1913 (Stoker 2nd Class), HMS Vindictive, 1 November 1913-20 April 1914; HMS Black Prince, 21 April 1914-31 May 1916 (20 August 1914, Stoker 1st Class). His service record annotated, ‘NP 4065/1916, DD 31st May 1916, Killed in action.’ HMS Black Prince was lost at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May/1 June 1916. Thomas's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 9 June 1916: ‘Kemp. On May 31st, lost on HMS Black Prince, TH Kemp, 1st Class Stoker, age 23 years, of Bulwell. Deeply mourned. Father, mother, brothers, and sisters.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) The Bundeswehr Museum of Military History, Dresden: Painting, oil on canvas: ‘SMS Thueringen destroys the English cruiser Black Prince in a night battle at 2am on 1 June.’ Clause Bergen (1885-1964). Caption: 'Present given by the commander of Thueringen, Captain Hans Kuesel, to his nephew in 1921. Bergen established his reputation as a marine painter with depictions of the Battle of Jutland (31 May-1 June 1916). When the Imperial German Fleet returned home, he was in Wilhelmshaven and asked officers involved in the battle to give him detailed accounts of the events.'
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