Andre Gilbert Kempster GC

Name: Andre Gilbert Kempster (born Andre Gilbert Coccioletti)

Conflict: Second World War

Gazetted: November 9, 1943

Service: Army

Andre Gilbert Kempster GC

Medal group

Place/date of birth: Westminster, London/October 26, 1916

Rank when awarded GC (and later highest rank): Captain (Temporary Major)

Date of bravery: August 21, 1943

London Gazette citation:

Captain (temporary Major) Andre Gilbert Kempster (138804), Royal Armoured Corps (Pulborough, Sussex)

In recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Herbillon (now Chetaibi), Algeria/August 21, 1943

Grave/memorials: Headstone, Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria; name on Roll of Honour in Big Classical [classroom] and Tablet, Cheltenham College; name in 1939-45 Book of Remembrance, RMA Sandhurst

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2021

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum