KEMPTHORNE, Lawrence Neville
(Service number 27308)

First Rank Lance-Corporal Last Rank Lance-Corporal


Date 11 December 1883 Place of Birth Hawera, Taranaki

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment St Andrews
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin E. KEMPTHORNE (father), Beverley Road, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 17th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 25 September 1916
Transport Devon
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

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Post-war Occupations



Date 23 August 1950 Age 66 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Area S 1A, Plot 30
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Lawrence Neville Kempthorne was the younger surviving son of Edward and Adeline Euphemia (née Caldwell) Kempthorne. Lawrence wa seducated at Christ's College, Christchurch. Lance-Corporal L. Kempthorne arrived at Port Chalmers per the “Tofua” in May 1919, the South Canterbury men reaching Timaru by special train on 29 May. There was a very large and enthusiastic crowd on the station platform to welcome the men when they arrived at 7.40 pm. Loud cheers erupted, which were “followed by the usual rush of overjoyed relatives and friends to unearth their respective soldier heroes.” The Mayor welcomed them back on behalf of the citizens of Timaru, assisted by members of the Timaru Soldiers’ Reception Committee and ladies of the Patriotic Society. “All ranks were very cheerful, and looked in the pink of condition, and were evidently pleased at their return home.” (Timaru Herald). Lawrence married Mary Elizabeth Buckhurst in 1924.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 August 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [20 August 2019]; Ruru Cemetery, Christchurch, record [21 August 2019] Timaru Herald, 30 May 1919 (Papers Past) [12 August 2019]

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