Lieut. Kenneth Alexander Gemmell

Born 1895, the son of John Edward, surgeon and Margaret Ann Gemmell, of “Beechlands,” Mossley Hill, Liverpool. The family came from Ayrshire and moved to Liverpool. His 2 brothers also served in the Great War and died in the same year.


Lt. Gemmell served with 1/10th Battalion The Kings (Liverpool Regiment) and was killed in the first major battalion action of the Liverpool Scottish. He was in Belgium on the 16th June 1915, in what is officially known as ‘The First Action at Bellewaarde’ which was designed to pin down German reserves while there were British and French attacks elsewhere. This battle in The Liverpool Scottish is known as ‘The Battle of Hooge'. Hooge is a village a few miles East of Ypres just South of the hamlet of Bellewaarde, built around the Menin Road. The Battalion moved forward from the trenches into the attack uphill towards Bellewaarde Farm in this engagement.

Trench Image


Painting by permission of Jessica Libor for her Interpretation of original work at the Liverpool Scottish Museum