Capt Howard Hislop Hemphill, MC

1893 May 10. Born Hackney, London. Son of James Hemp Hill (the parents married in 1892) Marriage cert shows father was a "Merchant"

1901 census With grandparents at 79, Bethune Road, Stoke Newington

1911 census at 17 Beaulien Villas Seven Sisters Road Finsbury Park N

1914 Oct 26. Landed in France

1915 Mar 20. Commissioned 2nd Lt. Private H. H. Hemphill. The undermentioned Non-commissioned Officers and Men from the 28th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Artists' Rifles), to be temporary Second Lieutenants.

1915 Sep 25 Battalion War Diary " At 5.30am the Battn was in positions of readiness in accordance with orders in four lines opposite their objective with bombing parties, sandbag parties and carrying parties all arranged and in position. At 6.00am the first line got over the parapet quickly followed by the second, the left had to right form to get in line with the right as the trench ran back from a salient near the centre. As the first two lines went out the third and fourth filed into the vacant positions in the firing line. The gas affected a number of our men, and the smoke caused a dense fog and direction was difficult. Casualties began at once and the third line was ordered out to fill up gaps. Owing to the thick smoke it seemed likely that gaps would occur on the flanks and at 6.07am the fourth line was sent out with special instructions to maintain touch with the units on either flank. At about 6.10am the left were over the German parapet and our flag was seen flying on their lines. The left went forward with such dash that they outstripped the 2nd/8th GURKHAS and came in for a lot of fire from rifles and maxim guns from our right. This caused a good many casualties including all the officers and most of the NCO’s of A Coy which was the extreme left. Undeterred the men went on, got over the uncut wire and reached the road with parties of the 2nd/8th GURKHAS and gained their objective. In the meantime our right had not fared so well. They went forward in good line under a heavy fire till held up by the German wire. A number of our men here were collected in the ditch in front of the German wire waiting for developments. Officer casualties. Killed Capt F. H. ROMILLY D.S.O., Capt E. C. Deane R.A.M.C. Died of wounds 2nd Lt M. W. BROWNE. Wounded Lt Col H. GORDON D.S.O., Capt W. C. WILSON, Lt H. H. PHILLIPS, 2nd Lt G. W. TANNER, 2nd Lt H. H. HEMPHILL, 2nd Lt V. E. ELLINGHAM, 2nd Lt C. C. BAILEY, 2nd Lt G. W. GROSSMITH. Slightly wounded Major F. LEWIS, Capt D. L. WEIR. Gassed 2nd Lt W. WILSON. Missing and believed killed Lt W. T. PICKIN, 2nd Lt R. E. S. LODGE. Missing known to have been wounded 2nd Lt C. G. WOODBOURN. Missing and no trace 2nd Lt W. J. WILKINSON, 2nd Lt E. A. WILKINSON, 2nd Lt T. R. LONGCROFT. Rank and file casualties. Killed 72. Wounded 217. Gassed 42. Missing 96. Wounded slightly but did not quit Battn 3. What was left of the Battn were relieved from the front line by the 2nd/39th GARWHAL RIFLES at 6.30pm and moved into support and local reserve just in rear. Before the operations began the Battn worked for a week in strengthening the front line and preparing the defences behind. Four very strong lines were constructed capable of resisting the enemy’s bombardment

1916 Sep 28. Leics Regt.. The undermentioned temp. Lts. to be actg. Capts. whilst comdg. a Co.: — H. H. Hemphill (2nd Lt., Leic. R.).

1917 Mar 12. Temp. Lt. (actg. Capt. whilst comdg. a Co.) H. H. Hemphill (2nd Lt., Leic. R.) to be temp. Capt. to complete estabt.

1918 May 27. Taken POW

1918 Dec. Repatriated from POW to UK

1919 Apr 30, married in London to Mary W Pomfret

1920 Dec 15. Joined ADRIC with service no 1255. Posted to E Coy

1921 Nov 1. Gazetted out , Leicester. R. Temp. Capt. H. H. Hemphill, M.C. and retains the. rank of Capt.

1922 Jan 18. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1924 Jul 25. Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership, if any, heretofore subsisting between us, the undersigned, Marion Hemphill and Howard Hislop HemphilJ, carrying on business as Poultry Farmers at Sunnyside, Gponhavern Moor, in the parish of Perrangabuloe, in the county of Cornwall, under the style or firm of H. H. HEMPHILL, has been dissolved by mutual consent as from the twenty- fifth day of July, 1924. All debts due and owing to or by the said late firm will be received or paid by the said Howard Hislop Hemphill; and such business will be carried on in the future by the said Howard Hislop Hemphill.

1925 May 8. Leaves UK for Canada with wife Mary and child Peter. He is a smallholder and they travel 3rd class.

1938 Sep 2. Died in Sidney, British Columbia age 45

His wife remarried and died in Sidney in 1970, she was then the wife of George Gerald Logan Moore


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