Topic: Blyth Kempton-Werohia (1921-1942)
Blyth Kempton-Werohia died during World War II, just one week before he was due to be married. On 14th August 1942 Blyth was one of three men killed during training with No. 31 Bombing & Gunnery School at at Picton, Ontario in Canada, when their Fairey Battle Bomber (L5427) crashed at Soup Harbour, near Point Petre.
Blyth Kempton-Werohia was born on 4 June 1921 to Whetu Henare Kempton-Werohia and Margery Dinah Kempton-Werohia, of Te Puke.
He achieved his Senior Free Place at Tauranga District High School.
Blyth enlised in the Air Force at school and enlisted in 1941, gaining his flying instruction at Levin, Whenuapai and then Canada, receiving his pilot and flying badge on 18 April 1942.
On 14th August 1942 Blyth was one of three men killed during training with No. 31 Bombing & Gunnery School at at Picton, Ontario in Canada, when their Fairey Battle Bomber (L5427) crashed at Soup Harbour, near Point Petre. He was buried in Ottawa (Beechwood) Cemetery, Ontario in Canada.
The Ottawa Journal reported on 15 August 1942:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 1942. Killed One Week Before His Marriage To Ottawa Girl. Sergeant Pilot Blyth Kempton-Werohia, of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, who was to be married a week from today to Miss Margaret Mary Humble, 393 Nelson street, was one of the three airmen killed in a crash in Lake Ontario; near Picton, on Friday. Miss Humble, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Humble, received news of the tragedy from authorities late Friday. Sergeant Pilot Kempton-Werohia was 21 years' of age, a son of Captain and Mrs. Kempton-Werohia, of Taranga, N.Z. In-addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Diane, a nurse in New Zealand, and a brother; also in the New Zealand Air Force. After coming to CeK he trained at Dunnville, and received his wings at Rockcliffe in June. Two weeks later he was transferred to Picton.
On 13 August 1949 Blyth's fiance's family placed the following notice in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper:
KEMPTON-WEROHIA – In loving memory of Sgt – Pilot Blyth Kempton-Werohia Royal New Zealand Air Force who was accidentally killed at Picton, Ontario, August 14, 1942 – Mr and Mrs E. A. Humble and family.
Blyth is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).
Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).
Cenotaph Record (Auckland War Memorial Museum).
Ottawa Citizen (13 August 1949).
Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).
The Ottawa Journal (15 August 1942, p. 4).