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Arnold Henry Grant Kemball

In memory of:

Lieutenant Colonel Arnold Henry Grant Kemball

March 1, 1917

Military Service






Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)


54th (Kootenay) Battalion


Companion of the Order of The Bath (CB), Distinguished Service Order

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Service Order

Companion of the Bath

Additional Information


January 4, 1861
Belgaum, India


June 17, 1915
Vernon Camp, British Columbia

Son of Major General J. S. Kemball of Wrotham, Kent, England (formerly Colonel of the 5th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army; he had retired in 1910). Husband of Alvilda Kemball of Kaslo, British Columbia.

The Provincial Government Building, Kemball Memorial Centre, in Kaslo, British Columbia is dedicated in honour of Colonel Arnold Henry Grant Kemball.

Commemorated on Page 267 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

VI. E. 1.


Villers-au-Bois is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 11 kilometres north-west of Arras. The VILLERS STATION CEMETERY is about 2 kilometres north-west of the village.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Newspaper clipping– From the Daily Colonist of March 20, 1917. Image taken from web address of
  • Photo of Arnold Henry Grant Kemball– Picture of Lieutenant Colonel Kemball probably taken in England.   Lieutenant Colone Kemball was killed on March 1, 1917 leading his battalion on a trench raid at Vimy Ridge.  In 2000, the Canadian Forces Armoury in Trail, B.C. was named in his honour.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper clipping from Daily Telegraph of March 9, 1917. Image taken from web address of
  • Gravemarker for Arnold Henry Grant Kemball– This is an image of a temporary wooden cross, the type that would have been originally erected during the burial, and often specially made and constructed by fellow soldiers.  This would have been Lt.-Col. Kemball's original cross, later to be replaced by stone markers by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  I've posted this image in dedication to the Lt.-Col. Kemball and the Kemball family.
  • War Memorial– Kaslo, British Columbia.
  • Grave marker

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