Tommy Kemp
Birth nameThomas Arthur Kemp
Date of birth12 August 1915
Place of birthBolton, Greater Manchester, England
Date of death26 November 2004(2004-11-26) (aged 89)
SchoolDenstone College
UniversityOxford University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Oxford University RFC
Barbarian FC
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1937–48 England 5 (0)

Tommy Kemp (12 August 1915 – 26 November 2004) was a rugby union international who represented England from 1937 to 1948. He also captained his country.[1]

Early life

Tommy Kemp was born on 12 August 1915 in Bolton.[1]

Rugby union career

Kemp made his debut for England on 16 January 1937 at Twickenham when they played Wales. Of the five matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on three occasions. He played his final match for England on 17 January 1948 at Twickenham when he again played Wales.[1]

Outside rugby

Kemp qualified as a doctor at St Mary's Hospital Medical School.[2] During the Second World War he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and served in the Middle East. He also worked at St Mary's Hospital and the now defunct Paddington General Hospital.[3]

Kemp was survived by his wife Ruth (née Scott-Keat) and their son and daughter.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Tommy Kemp Profile on
  2. ^ "St Mary's Paddington a rugby powerhouse". The Daily Telegraph. 20 March 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Obituaries - Tom Kemp". The Daily Telegraph. 3 January 2005.