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Arthur Kempe

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Drinking Fountain at Blackboy Road, Exeter commemerating Arthur Kempe. Image 2021.

Arthur Kempe (1813-1871), Physician

Born at Fowey, in Cornwall, where his father was rector.

Educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton.

In 1839 he settled in Exeter, where he soon acquired a large practice. He was appointed Surgeon to the Exeter Incorporation, the Exeter Dispensary, and the Exeter Lying-in Charity.

1855 Elected Surgeon to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on the death of John Harris. The last post he resigned after sixteen years' service on May 25th, 1871, and was elected Consulting Surgeon.

He never married, nor for twenty-five years was he ever known to take a holiday.

He died at Southernhay House, Exeter, on Oct 22nd, 1871, and was buried in a vault in St Sidwell's Church.

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