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John Kempthorne (bishop)

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J.A. Kempthorne
J.A. Kempthorne

John Augustine Kempthorne (26 May 1864, London – 24 February 1946, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire) was an Anglican Bishop in the first half of the twentieth century.[1]

John Augustine Kempthorne was the son of the Rev. John Kempthorne (1835–1880), Vicar of Trumpington. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] His first post after ordination was as a curate at St Aidan’s, Gateshead.[3] He then held incumbencies at Rochdale, Sunderland, Liverpool[4] and Hessle[5] before elevation to the Episcopate in March 1910 as Bishop of Hull, a Suffragan to the Archbishop of York.[6][7] He was appointed Bishop of Lichfield in May 1913,[8] and retired in 1937.

A Christian pacifist, Kempthorne believed war was inconsistent with Christianity. The weekend before the start of the First World War he had attended a conference in Kinstanz, Germany, as part of a world alliance for promoting friendship through churches. Whilst he was prepared to work for peace, his pacifism did not extend to rejection of the war, given the UK's obligations to Belgium. He did, however, preach several times about the need to avoid reprisals.[9] Generally, nevertheless, he was strongly in support of the First World War even though he recognised its potential for devastation. ‘Civilised Europe is at war, and it may well prove to be the most terrible war known to history .... It may well be that the list of casualties will be terrible.’ [10] He believed that Britain and her allies were engaged in a righteous cause. [11] He wrote ‘Surely we are not moved by hatred, nor lust of power, nor greed of gain. We stand for loyalty to our engagements, for the protection of weaker peoples, for the liberty of Europe.’ [12] He noted that Christian leaders of Germany were also confident of the rightness of their cause. [13] Throughout the War, despite the casualties, Kempthorne preached in favour of victory as against a peace agreement. ‘ ... we cannot rest until tyranny is overthrown .... we cannot flinch. An uncertain and inconclusive peace would only leave the world in worse case than before.’ [14]

He died on 24 February 1946.[15]

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References

  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Kempthorne, John Augustine (KMTN881JA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Malden Richard (ed) (1920). Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1920 (51st edn). London: The Field Press. p. 918.
  4. ^ British History on-line
  5. ^ 1910–13 Photo Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hull Times
  7. ^ New Bishop-Suffragan Of Hull. (News) The Times Saturday, 12 Mar 1910; pg. 9; Issue 39218; col C
  8. ^ New Bishop Of Lichfield. Appointment Of The Bishop Of Hull. (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Friday, 2 May 1913; pg. 6; Issue 40201; col F
  9. ^ Who Does Want to Kill Anyone? Gerry Barton and John Babb, BBBNStaffs Publishing, 2018, pages 69 - 70
  10. ^ Lichfield Diocesan Magazine, September, 1914. This was a monthly publication, and showed the diocesan efforts in support of the War as well as the views of the bishop.
  11. ^ Lichfield Diocesan Magazine, September, 1914
  12. ^ Lichfield Diocesan Magazine, September, 1914
  13. ^ Lichfield Diocesan Magazine, November, 1914
  14. ^ Lichfield Diocesan Magazine, June, 1915
  15. ^ Right Rev. Dr. J. A. Kempthorne (Obituaries) The Times Monday, 25 Feb 1946; pg. 6; Issue 50385; col E
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Augustus Lefevre Blunt
Bishop of Hull
1910–1913
Succeeded by
Francis Gurdon
Preceded by
Augustus Legge
Bishop of Lichfield
1913–1937
Succeeded by
Edward Sydney Woods
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