Leonard Kempthorne

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Leonard Stanley Kempthorne CBE (2 August 1886 - 25 July 1963) was a long-serving[1] Anglican bishop[2] in the 20th century.[3]

Born into a Kiwi ecclesiastical family,[4] Kempthorne was educated at The Queen's College, Oxford[5] and ordained in 1914.[6] He worked for 18 months at Zaria in Northern Nigeria before a four-year stint as Chaplain to the Bishop of Lichfield. He was then Chaplain at Ipoh (Diocese of Singapore) in the Federated Malay States from 1920 to 1922 when he was appointed Bishop of Polynesia,[7] a post he held for forty years.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ The Fourteen Sheets
  3. ^ National Archives
  4. ^ His father was the Ven John Pratt Kempthorne, an archdeacon in the Diocese of Nelson; his eldest brother the Revd John Arnold Kempthorne, Vicar of Morrinsville, Waikato; and his fourth brother the Revd (Frederick) Maurice Kempthorne, Canon of Wellington
  5. ^ The Times, Friday, Mar 13, 1914; pg. 10; Issue 40470; col B University Intelligence
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  7. ^ The Times, Thursday, Nov 30, 1922; pg. 12; Issue 43202; col E A new bishop
Religious titles
Preceded by
Thomas Clayton Twitchell
Bishop of Polynesia
Succeeded by
John Charles Vockler