|André Gilbert Kempster
|File:André Kempster GC.jpg|
|Birth name||André Gilberto Coccioletti|
26 October 1916|
|Died||21 August 1943
|Buried at||Bone War Cemetery, Algeria|
|Years of service||1939-1943|
|Unit||145th (8th. Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Major André Gilbert Kempster GC (26 October 1916 – 21 August 1943), born André Gilberto Coccioletti, was awarded the George Cross posthumously "...in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner" for an act of self-sacrifice in Algeria during the Second World War.
21 August 1943
On 21 August 1943, near Philippeville [Skikda], Major Kempster was instructing two fellow soldiers how to throw hand grenades from a practice pit. A grenade, which had been thrown by Major Kempster, rolled back into the pit. He attempted to scoop the grenade out of the pit but failed to do so. By this time detonation was due. Without hesitation Major Kempster threw himself on the grenade just before it exploded and received fatal injuries. This act undoubtedly saved the lives of the two other occupants of the pit.
George Cross citation
The King has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the George Cross, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to: — Captain (temporary Major) Andre Gilbert Kempster (138804), Royal Armoured Corps (Pulborough, Sussex).— London Gazette
Sale of medal
Major Kempster's George Cross was sold by Spinks on 28 March 1995 for an expected price of £2,800 - £3,200.
- André Gilbert Kempster on the George Cross database