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James Lewis Kemp Rank: Gunner Service: 64th Battery Canadian Field Artillery, CEF Service Number: 335188 Date of Birth: April 24, 1895 Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York, US Date of Enlistment: November 6, 1917 Place of Enlistment: London, Ontario Address at Enlistment: 69 Mile St., Stratford, Ontario Age at Enlistment: 22 Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Complexion: Dark Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Trade: Student Religion: Presbyterian Next of Kin: Wesley Kemp (Father) 69 Mile St., Stratford, Ontario  James Lewis Kemp was the son of Wesley Kemp and Katherine Lewis Kemp.  He was born in Syracuse, New York on April 24, 1895.  In 1900 the family was living with his grandmother, Mary J. Lewis in the US.   His father, Wesley was born in Canada; his mother in New York.  At the outbreak of World War I, James was a student.  On June 5, 1917, at the age of 22, he completed the required registration for the US draft.  His family was then living at 125 Grace St., in Syracuse.  Shortly after this the family moved to Canada and James then enlisted in the Canadian Military on November 6, 1917.
Attestation Paper (click to enlarge)
The   National   War   Monument      depicts   22   Canadian servicemen   and   women   from   all   branches   of   the   forces   and other   groups   engaged   in   the   First   World   War.   At   front,   to the   left,   a   Lewis   gunner,   to   the   right,   a   kilted   infantryman with   a   Vickers   machine   gun.   Following   these   are   a   pilot   in full   gear   and   an   air   mechanic   of   the   Royal   Canadian   Air Force,   as   well   as   a   sailor   in   the   Royal   Canadian   Navy   from HMCS   Stadacona.   Two   mounted   figures   -   a   member   of   the Canadian    Cavalry    Brigade    and    a    dispatch    rider    -    are emerging   from   the   arch,   side   by   side,   followed   by   two infantry   riflemen   pressing   through   the   arch   and   behind them   are   the   men   and   women   of   the   support   services, including   two   nurses   from   the   Militia   Army   Medical   Corps, a   stretcher   bearer,   and   one   member   each   of   the   Royal Canadian    Engineers    and    the    Canadian    Forestry    Corps. Further,   there   is   one   member   each   of   the   Canadian   Army Service   Corps,   the   Canadian   Signals   Corps,   the   Corps   of Canadian   Railway   troops,   the   Royal   Regiment   of   Canadian Artillery,   and   the   Motor   Machine   Gun   Corps.   There   are three   additional   infantrymen;   all   six   carry   among   them respirators   other   items   of   the   "basic   load"   carried   by   every member of the infantry.
The National War Monument
In the years following the First World War, James shared stories of his wartime experience with his son Richard. He considered himself a “very lucky man” to have survived the dangers faced as a gunner.   On one occasion he was transporting artillery.  The wagon, filled with artillery shells being moved to the front, was being pulled by donkeys.  As they slowly reached a hilltop, without warning the donkeys bolted and headed down the slope on the other side, where they stopped.  Within minutes an enemy shell burst on the hill where, had the donkeys not bolted, James, the donkeys, and the shells would have been hit. At another time James had a close encounter with death while riding on the back of a horse.  Near the front lines, James became the target of an enemy sniper.  The bullet missed him but hit the horse.  The bullet entered the horse just below where the bend of James’ knee fell against the side of the horse.  James was thrown to the ground unhurt, as the horse fell. The worst experience, according to James, was being caught in the gas attacks during battles. For his son the National War Monument in Ottawa held special significance as James would tell his son that he was the figure of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. “You see that soldier up there with the artillery?  That’s me”   That story had been passed on by his son Richard, to a friend, who in his later years, much to his disbelief and disappointment, discovered such was really not the case.   The family of Gunner James Kemp have donated his  medals and pay-book to the National War Museum in Ottawa. 
US WWI Registration card (click to enlarge)
British 18 pounder gun team moves up during the Battle of the Canal du Nord, September 27, 1918 (IWM)
Remembering James Lewis Kemp
James Lewis Kemp (1895-1985) Photo: Osgoode Hall Law School  (1922)