Full name Thomas Arthur Kemp
Born August 12, 1915, Bolton
Died November 26, 2004, Hillingdon, London (aged 89 years 106 days)
Major teams Barbarians, Oxford University, England
|Test debut||England v Wales at Twickenham, Jan 16, 1937 match details|
|Last Test||England v Wales at Twickenham, Jan 17, 1948 match details|
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Tommy Kemp had the unique distinction of captaining England as both a student and a consultant, and in both war-time and full internationals.
Educated at Denstone College, he won a Blue against Oxford in 1936 as a tall fly-half with a reputation as a good tackler. He made his England debut in 1937, appearing in wins against Wales and Ireland, and was recalled in 1939 for the last international before the war. In 1940, while still at medical school, he was named as England captain in a war-time international against Wales, after which he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps.
By 1947 he was working at St Mary's Hospital, London and playing for Richmond. In 1948 he was recalled against Australia and a fortnight later he led the side against Wales. The 11-year gap between appearances against the Welsh is a record.
After retiring he managed St Mary's, between 1954 and 1961 was a senior England selector, and was president of the RFU from 1971 to 1972. He continued to work at St Mary's and Paddington General Hospital until his retirement in 1975.