Mr. Maitland Kempson

Maitland Kempson, 55, was a successful businessman from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was a British citizen and lived on 6 Wellington Street, E, Toronto. Kempson survived the torpedoing of the Lusitania by the German submarine U-20 on 7 May 1915.

Kempson was born on 28 May 1859. He was a man of wealth who had two domestic staff, a chauffer, and a children’s nanny. In his retirement, he traveled at least once to Lake Taupo, New Zealand, and three times to North America from England. He also vacationed in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.

Prior to Lusitania, he had come to North America from England via the Cunarder Transylvania on 6 April 1915.

Kempson survived the Lusitania sinking and his trunk was also recovered from the sea. This trunk was given as a gift to his chauffer and children’s nanny, who married, when they left Kempson’s employ.

Contributors
Jim Kalafus
Mike Kempson
Brian Meister

References
“A Criminal Waste of History.” Mumblings of a So-Called Writer. 17 April 2011. Web. 20 July 2011. <http://anthony1956.blog.co.uk/2011/04/17/a-criminal-waste-of-history-11019328/>.

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