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Frank Kemp: WWII London Lens

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:54 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My grandad is still with us (Frank Kemp). He is 94 years old. He lives in Ferring. My grandma passed away a few months ago.

He was a young man in WWII who didn't serve. He was a photographer for an insurance company and was employed to take photographs of insurance documents in London for buildings that they were worried would be blown up. This was as an early backup.

He told me that, during the war, he would get the train to London to go the theatre after he had finished his photography shift.

He found this tail fin of an incendiary bomb in Colston in 1940 (photographed today).


Item list and details

Photographs of a tail fin of an incendiary bomb that Frank found in Colston in 1940

Person the story/items relate to

Frank Kemp

Person who shared the story/items

Laura Steel and James Marshall

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Frank was Laura's grandfather.

Type of submission

Shared at Lancing Prep Worthing, West Sussex on 16 September 2023.

Record ID

96236 | LAN010