Ronald Northcote Kempe
Life & Career
Born in London, the son of John A. Kempe, Esq..
Kempe was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 March, 1903.
In 1906 or so, Kempe was cautioned to be more careful after H.M.T. Prince Palantine collided with the Cross Sand Light Vessel, damaging it.
Kempe was allowed to resign his commission on 17 December, 1906 and was invited to volunteer. He volunteered to serve at sea, only, and was placed on the Emergency List on 28 December, 1906.
Kempe was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 March, 1911.
Kempe was called up for minesweeping duties at Lowestoft on 31 August, 1914. He may have been in, or in command of T.B. 34 around this time, ending on 21 June, 1915 when he was appointed to assist a P.N.O. He was ordered home on 20 February, 1916 and was presently appointed to the new sweeping sloop Pentstemon, to take command upon her commissioning.
Kempe may have commanded Pentstemon until he was reverted to the Emergency List on 31 August, 1919.
World War II
Duty as an N.C.S. in Cardiff. Reverted to the Emergency List on 19 May, 1943.
|Captain of H.M.S. Pentstemon
21 Mar, 1916 – 31 Aug, 1919
- The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 867.