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Frederick Kempster
Yoshimitsu Matsuzaka
William Bradley
John Middleton
Louis Moilanen
Angus MacAskill
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George Bell George Bell The Tallest Man living in America
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Zech DeVits
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Maximillian Miller
Jim Porter
Adam Rainer
Francis Sheridan
Franz Winkelmeier
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Jaime Clemente
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Amenates Tingitsoglu
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Parimal Chandra Barman
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Henry Dalglish
Kenny George Kenny George
Lock Martin
Gheorghe Muresan Gheorghe Muresan
George Page
Johann Petursson
Reino Rutanen
Jitendra Singh Jitendra Singh
Leonid Stadnyk Leonid Stadnyk
Peter Tuchan
John Turner
Max Palmer
7 feet 7 inches tall Manute Bol
Henry Mullens
Kaliova Seleiwau Kaliova Seleiwau
Liu Fu-Ying Liu Fu-Ying
Liu Jun Liu Jun
Frantisek Novotny Frantisek Novotny
José Calderón Torres
Jean-Joseph Brice
Alain Delaunois Alain Delaunois
Joseph Drasal
Bernardo Gilli
William Olding
Jack Earle
Rigardus Rijnhout
John Paul Ofwono
Baptiste Hugo
Felipe Manzo Reyes
Lewis Wilkins
Henri Cot
Zhang Huan Zhang Huan
Christopher Greener Christopher Greener
Malik Sidibe Malik Sidibe
Saad Kaiche Saad Kaiche
Bob Wegner Bob Wegner
Yasutaka Okayama Yasutaka Okayama
Joélisson Fernandes da Silva Joélisson Fernandes da Silva
Shawn Bradley Shawn Bradley
Henry Alexander Cooper
Charles Gruel D’Indreville
Mills Darden
Zafar Ullah Satti
Mamadou Diallo
William Evans
Polipaka Gattaiah Polipaka Gattaiah
Robert Hales
Antonin Cros
Anders Gustav Anderson
Terrence Keenan
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Aurangzeb Khan Aurangzeb Khan
Jim Lanier Jim Lanier
Mike Lanier Mike Lanier
Edward Longmore
James MacDonald
Ralph Madsen
Matt McGrory
Walter Parsons
Gilbert Reichert
Mu Tie-Zhu
James Toller
Liu Yu-Qing
Rayford Johnson
Erwin Johnson
Conrad Furrows
7 feet 6 inches tall Bola Kanukov
Tran Thanh Pho Tran Thanh Pho
Sergey Ilin Sergey Ilin
Asdrúbal Herrera Mora Asdrúbal Herrera Mora
Margarito Machahuay Varela Margarito Machahuay Varela
Armand Bronner
Halil Ibrahim Kuzucu
George Kieffer
Zhao Liang Zhao Liang
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Emmanuel Joseph Cheval
Cornelius Magrath
Clifford Thompson
Yao Ming Yao Ming
Henrik Brustad
John Hollinden
Tomas Pustina Tomas Pustina
George Auger
Erhard Weller
Chuck Nevitt Chuck Nevitt
George Bell (early 20th century)
Azad Khan Masood Azad Khan Masood
Dharmendra Pratap Singh Dharmendra Pratap Singh
Jean Bihin
Haq Nawaz Haq Nawaz
Choung Chi Lang
Balahu
Pavel Podkolzin Pavel Podkolzin
Zhang Mengyong Zhang Mengyong
Calvin Lane Calvin Lane
Andy van Volkenburgh Andy van Volkenburgh
Mamadou Ndiaye Mamadou Ndiaye
7 feet 5 inches tall Antoine Paolo Hugo
Sabah Jabbar Hadi Sabah Jabbar Hadi
Ron Bax
Ivan Hoger Ivan Hoger
Guan Tao Guan Tao
Ragchaa Narka Ragchaa Narka
Aleksandar Rindin Aleksandar Rindin
Brenden Adams Brenden Adams
Fernand Bachelard
Daniel Cajanus
Gustaf Edman
Jerry Sokoloski Jerry Sokoloski
Jacob Littleton
Slavko Vranes Slavko Vranes
Bienvenu Letuni Bienvenu Letuni
Wang Qiang Wang Qiang
Zhou Zhenjun Zhou Zhenjun
Carlos Alvarado Melendez
Martin Salmerón
Al Tomaini
Gogea Mitu
Fermin Arrudi Urieta
Mark Eaton Mark Eaton
Samuel Taylor
Ralph Sampson Ralph Sampson
Willie Camper
Buck Nolan
Jaber Rouzbahani Jaber Rouzbahani
Rik Smits Rik Smits
Mianko Karoo
Louis Frenz
Patrick O'Conner
Thomas Dilkens
Priest Lauderdale Priest Lauderdale
Alan Bannister Alan Bannister
Moussa Seck Moussa Seck
Will Foster Will Foster
Colonel William Baker
Matt Slaninka Matt Slaninka
Samuel Deguara Samuel Deguara
Jakub Kusmieruk Jakub Kusmieruk
Anthony Payne
Henry Blacker
P.B. Huxham
Surasaku Sudoplasat
Edward Bamfield
John Rankin
Sim Bhullar Sim Bhullar
Charlie Nicholas Charlie Nicholas
Robert Zwaan Robert Zwaan
Kewal Shiels-Mohar Kewal Shiels-Mohar
Baraka Tolu Baraka Tolu
John Thocolich John Thocolich
Cashmere Giant
Roger Morrissey Roger Morrissey
7 feet 4 inches tall Kang Jianhua Kang Jianhua
Konstantin Klein
Jan Kruminsh
Agil Sadygzade Agil Sadygzade
Ujang Warlika
Denis Albino Denis Albino
Pat Hogan Pat Hogan
Col. A.A. Powell
The Innsbruck Giant
Martin van Buren Bates
Sunil Kumar Panda Sunil Kumar Panda
Frederick W. Randall Chadwick
Jakob Nacken
Viktor Zabolotny Viktor Zabolotny
Mohammad Nawaz Mazari Mohammad Nawaz Mazari
Chase Metheney Chase Metheney
Patrick Murphy
Aaron Moore
Sergo Atuashvili Sergo Atuashvili
Rolf Mayr Rolf Mayr
Liu Wen Zhe Liu Wen Zhe
Manuel Camacho
Dusan Cantekin Dusan Cantekin
Damiao Rodrigues Damiao Rodrigues
Iancu Bocai Iancu Bocai
Remon van de Hare Remon van de Hare
Constantin Popa Constantin Popa
Eddie Carmel
Jim Tarver
James McIndoo
Shagari Alleyne Shagari Alleyne
Chris Lister Chris Lister
Mounir Fourar Mounir Fourar
Gunther Behnke Gunther Behnke
Oliver Narr Oliver Narr
Nick Schneiders Nick Schneiders
Cornelius Bruns
Wade Halbrook
Jon Harris
Captain Ureck
Hassan Ali
Forrest Glenn
Clive Darril
Rob Bruintjes Rob Bruintjes
Stefan Grewen Stefan Grewen
Peter Iroga Peter Iroga
George Gracie
Boban Marjanovic Boban Marjanovic
Hasheem Thabeet Hasheem Thabeet
Max Zhang Max Zhang
George McArthur George McArthur
Roman Gumenyuk Roman Gumenyuk
Arvydas Sabonis Arvydas Sabonis
Noah Orr
Muhammad Riaz Muhammad Riaz
Thomas Brockman
Rajan Adhikari Rajan Adhikari
Shaun Aisbitt Shaun Aisbitt
Randy Breuer Randy Breuer
Dave Rasmussen Dave Rasmussen
Ha Seung-Jin Ha Seung-Jin
Serge Zwikker Serge Zwikker
Jason Bennett Jason Bennett
Jermaine Middleton Jermaine Middleton
Nedzad Sinanovic Nedzad Sinanovic
Ionut Dragusin Ionut Dragusin
Luke Minor Luke Minor
Bruno Sundov Bruno Sundov
Curtis Johnson Curtis Johnson
Brad Millard Brad Millard
Brandon Byrne Brandon Byrne
Martyn Walters Martyn Walters
Rosario Rigutini Rosario Rigutini
Jameson Keefe Jameson Keefe
Joseph Sewell
Zydrunas Ilgauskas Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Liam Hughes Liam Hughes
Albert Fox
Cornelius Mostert
Rohallah Rahmati Rohallah Rahmati
Leland A. Grayson
Peter John Ramos Peter John Ramos
Ring Ayuel Ring Ayuel
Madut Mayar Madut Mayar
P. Theyagarjan P. Theyagarjan
Bob Rosier Bob Rosier
Ghulam Shabbir Ghulam Shabbir
Raul Dillo Raul Dillo
Martin Paquette Martin Paquette
Pradeep Srivastava Pradeep Srivastava
Curtis Colgate Curtis Colgate
7 feet 3 inches tall Siah Khan
Vincent Pourchot Vincent Pourchot
Wei Quan Jia Wei Quan Jia
Eduard Lukash Eduard Lukash
John Lebar John Lebar
Pascal Fleury Pascal Fleury
Iakovos Tsakalidis Iakovos Tsakalidis
Ludwig Schulten
Emil Assad Rached
Valery Savko
Sam Harris Sam Harris
Per Ola Carlsson Per Ola Carlsson
Jacques Barnard Jacques Barnard
Jean Pierre Mazas
Rasyid Monas Rasyid Monas
Vladimir Tkachenko Vladimir Tkachenko
Yossi Ben Naim Yossi Ben Naim
Sun Zhe Sun Zhe
Gino Cuccarolo Gino Cuccarolo
Chang Chin-kuo
Wang Tong Xin Wang Tong Xin
James Clancy
St. Petersburg Giant
Luis de la Rosa Luis de la Rosa
Henry Clay Thruston
Werner Syre
Arthur James Caley
Oswald Balling
Gottlieb Fischer
Hans Hellmuth
Robert B. Keenan
Gerrit Bastiaansz. de Hals
Tom Burleson Tom Burleson
John Aasen
Dave Ballard
Mahmoud Lotfi
Ewart Potgieter
Kurt Zehe
Knipe Brothers
Matthew Langmaid
Hong Man Choi Hong Man Choi
Muhammad Hussein Heikal Muhammad Hussein Heikal
Roberto Duenas Roberto Duenas
Eric Gingold Eric Gingold
Walter Tatake Quisbert
Morten Poulsen Morten Poulsen
James Donaldson James Donaldson
Dwayne Schintzius
Dan Gerber
Jean-Claude Lefebvre
Jim Cully
Albert Brough
Jose Cristovao da Silva Jose Cristovao da Silva
Santhosh Kumar Santhosh Kumar
Sami Eerola Sami Eerola
Abd Al Wahab Al Hamowi Abd Al Wahab Al Hamowi
Dikembe Mutombo Dikembe Mutombo
Garth Joseph Garth Joseph
Lionel Mineo Lionel Mineo
Michael Grealish
Kareem Abdul Jabbar Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kevin Peter Hall
Matt Hewson Matt Hewson
Milas Shoun
Paul Henoch
Frank Wilcox
Captain Hugh Murphy
Tanveer Bhullar Tanveer Bhullar
Janusz Myslowiecki Janusz Myslowiecki
Joseph Morris
Capt. William P. Bane
Thomas Bell
Glen Sudhop
Hamed Haddadi
Bill Mummert
Giedrius Rinkevicius Giedrius Rinkevicius
Chris Christopherson Chris Christopherson
Sky Siewart
Bolaji Badejo Bolaji Badejo
Roy Hibbert Roy Hibbert
Yakhoub Brahimsaid Yakhoub Brahimsaid
Frank Szczepanik Frank Szczepanik
Artis Gilmore Artis Gilmore
Selami Yildirim Selami Yildirim
Babu Babu
Giant Silva Giant Silva
Torsten Stein Torsten Stein
Mirodjiddin Karimov Mirodjiddin Karimov
Peter Nordin
Giacomo Borghello
Anthony Wallyn Anthony Wallyn
Rodrigo Buitrago Betancur Rodrigo Buitrago Betancur
Jared Carter Jared Carter
Catalin Baciu Catalin Baciu
Sam Gombya Sam Gombya
Ralph Drollinger Ralph Drollinger
7 feet 2 inches tall Too short: (more...)

Sharad Kulkarni Sharad Kulkarni
Richard Kiel Richard Kiel
Andries Venter
Hugh Murphy
Chang Yan Miun
Glenn Hyder
William Connery
Abdul Jabber Abdul Jabber
Musutaman
Montana Hank
Eugene Arceau
Landon Middlecoff
Carl Gulliver
Captain John Creech
The Hartfield Giant
Pisjakoff
Homer Parks
Wilhelm Ehmke
James Henry Lambier
Juan de la Cruz Sihuana
James G. Gilbert
Andre the Giant
Assen Ivanov Giorgiev
Bob Kline
Captain Lindsay Hay
Charles Freeman
Joseph Schippers
Geant K
The Robinson Brothers
Paul Herold
Percival Horton
Patrick O'Brien
Captain Smith Cook
Chester Cass
Ben Corday
Sam Macdonald
Ed Clegg
Leon Ketchell
The Shields Brothers
Oskar Taplick
Ted Engler


Tallest women:

Zeng Jinlian
Jane 'Ginny' Bunford
Yao Defen
Sandy Allen
Wassiliki Calliandji
Anna Haining Swan
Carolina Rascón
Delores Pullard
Ella Ewing
Maria Fassnauer
Sun Fang Sun Fang
Marianne Wehde
Margo Dydek
Kaatje van Dyk
Eleanor Wagner
Rosa Wedsted
Uljana Semjonova Uljana Semjonova
Lyuba Shilo Lyuba Shilo
Leah May
Elizabeth Lyska
Jane Grey
Mildred
Babita
Sylvia Hardy
Maria Feliciana dos Santos Maria Feliciana dos Santos
7 feet 0 inches tall Gwen Bachman Gwen Bachman
Marvadene Anderson Marvadene Anderson
Gitika Srivastava Gitika Srivastava
Mme. Abomah
Zorana Todorovic Zorana Todorovic
Elfriede Fischer
Alana Renaud Alana Renaud
Ellen Bayer Ellen Bayer
Malee Duangdee Malee Duangdee
Dharshani Sivalingam Dharshani Sivalingam
Yue Fang Chen
Jaana Kotova Jaana Kotova
Elena Kravchenko Elena Kravchenko
Jess Noronha Jess Noronha
6 feet 10 inches Too short: (more...)

Elizabeth Stock
Marsiana
Magdalena Cicuta
Aama Bataillard
Cleve Gill
Svetlana Singh Svetlana Singh
Annie O'Brien
The Surrey Giantess
Dora Helms
Zainab Bibi Zainab Bibi
Madame Litiz
Ann Freeman
Catherine Boebner
Ruth Duncan
Hee Sen Balling
Virginie Beauchamp
The Astonishing French Giantess


More information needed: (more...)

Jose Punlos
John Hale
Kazanloff
Almiro Crema
Col. Pickett Nelson
Ann Dunn
Klaas van Kieten
Ben Wilhite
Trijntje Keever
Emmett Roberts
Charles Price
J.H. Reichart
Annie Irwin
MacQuail
Donald McGregor
Sally Ward
Bernard Wray
Christopher Munster
Geant Alvisse
Piocho
Eliza Simpson
Jacobus Damman
John Wright
Charles Tumley
Peerken van Gorp
Isaac Haring
Lange Jacob
Abeltje
Wilhelm Champi
Isroil Hushbokov Isroil Hushbokov
Hampton Hampson
Lange Toni
Long Tom
Johannes Sander
Abdul Houl
Joseph Rischer
Kátia D'Ávilla Rodrigues
Timofei Bakulin
Ivan Stepanovich Loushkin
Paul Paulo
Bol Chol
Asadulla Khan
Jean Condoist
James Horner
Grgo Kusic
Ivan Markoff
Giovanni Ferrucci
Kin Fu Ki
Dennis Duffy
Jesse Adams
John Busby
Tommy Poullas
Joseph Sullivan
Rev. Charles Kesterton
James L. Williams
John M. Baker
Poolad Gurd
Joseph Craig
William Beaucless
Mr. Good
Jack Krumtinger
Colonel Toruelli
Joseph Blacisyewski
Peter Grachenko
Mulia
Tang Guoqiang Tang Guoqiang
Jenishbek Raimbaev Jenishbek Raimbaev
Vought Burke
Raymond Harris
Elias Gore
Antonius of Syria
Jakob Murdel
Embret Pedersen
Ray Williams
Sasha Dergunov
Nae Mihai
Machnow II
Maria Stylianopoulou
Nikita Michailin
Luang Pho Sung Luang Pho Sung
Thomas Dalroy
Hu Chun-Chang
“Big George”
Silis Bishop
Ben Brown
Peter Feketi
Yunus Mia
Queen Elizabeth's Porter
Carol Hare
Babe Woodman
Sunil Chaudhary Sunil Chaudhary
Elsbeth
Martina Hinterberger
Benjamin Holmes
Daniel
Attu Muhammed
Sidde Gowda
George W. Steele
Olaf Peterson
Pearlie Peoples
James Finch
George Reed
Charles Keppke
John Farwell
Charles Hamilton
Carl Rehn
May Walsh
William Sharp
Edward Cranson
James Allender
Heinrich Osen
Edmund Mollon
Frances Cook
Manasa Kalu
Mabel Johnson
Arshavir Grigoryan Arshavir Grigoryan
Emanuel Andersson
Wang Wei Wang Wei
Hans Schnitzer
Ikuzuki Geitazaemon
Puntland Giant Puntland Giant
Charles René
Richmond Edwards Richmond Edwards
Mohammad Iqbalt Kasmir Mohammad Iqbalt Kasmir
Greg Ritter Greg Ritter
Garry Robbins Garry Robbins
James Patrick Tolley
The Tibetan Giant
Lionel Brogan Lionel Brogan
Lee Soon Keun
Nicolai Simonoff
Thomas Toombs
William Hobbe
J.W. Patterson
Michael Coulter Michael Coulter
Tiliya
Tyrone Reeder
Jacobus Williams Jacobus Williams
Henry Richner
Placide Pattitto
Ömer Özkan
Burghauptmann Schenk
Kazim Hussein Kazim Hussein
Ira Nicholas Arthur
Thomas Fisher
Jim Lucas
J.D. Gellard
The Nagpore Giant
Frank Jarilla
Jim Bryan
Fraulein Zeptauer
Meadows Page
Johan Arnt Bredesen
Flo Jones
Mark Hellard Mark Hellard
James Roberts
Ed Wolff
Henry Wagner
Heinrich Mollen
J. Frank Skinner
Charles Bradley
Oscar Krause
Joe Jenkins
Jacob Same
John Hutchinson
John Peters
J.G. Harden
Carl Sandell
Heinz Kleinau
McLean
Geant Roland
English Colossus
Charles Snyder
Ruth Beaton
Steve Turner
Kawayama Nakaji
Domnisoara Uriasa
Charles Lampman
Alva van Dyke
Rauvan Jaakko
Sheikh Majid Kamal Mahmoud Sheikh Majid Kamal Mahmoud
Lee Lazelle Lee Lazelle
Julie Till Julie Till
Bob Collins
Urmila Chaudhary Urmila Chaudhary
James H. Scott
Janar Purasoni Janar Purasoni
Zee Kwet Sein
Ian Spofforth Ian Spofforth
Goliath
David Henry Dode
John Menarcheck
William Engesser
Joseph Stones
Chiu Ki Tzsu
Wautootah
Julia Austin
Arthur Harris
Harry Shelton
Grover Gloodsworth
Moose Ludka
Ernest Racsumberger
Stanley F. Wright
Lamb Graves
William Witte
Basilio Huaylas
George Victor Orr
Antonio Fuss Antonio Fuss
Leon Grabowski
Anders Gustaf Andersson
Geant Montana
Chaudoc Giant
Sam Hutchinson
Herman J. Onness
Roderick Bain McKenzie
Benjamin Harrison
Frederick Decker
Princess Pontus
George Kersey
George Kennedy
Martin Ruboga
J.C. Harrison
Sam Cason
Amalie
Ann Hardy
Annie Langley
Maggie Murphy
Carmelite Horn
Elsie Schmidt
Sophie Kaltwasser
Mary Laskey
The Lapland Giantess
Jose Santos Mamani
Dennis Simnton
William Hake
Riley Smith
Iver Davidson
Absalom Stephens
Giant of Baluchistan
Peter Mayhew
James Hawkins
Judas Iscariot Blondin
Ta Lao-hu
William Klugh
Donald MacCormack
Jacob Williams
Charles Richards
Jarvis Henderson
Henry Meyer
John Russell
Robert Wray
Ben Wray
Conrad Dubosiki
Charles W. Garland
Minnie Long
Charles Barton
Mack Willard
Leo Hartley
E.B. Vance
August Klindt
Henry Johnson
Albert Goodyear
Terry Evans
Walter Talun
Donald Piskach
Max Bogue
Jim Dempsey
George Dowling
Cecil Barkman
Private Cupid Miller
Robert W. Page
Thomas Smith
R.C. Ringold
Jules Laubach
Fred B. Pratt
Ransom Cowan
Carl Robert Damberg
Morteza Bagherzadeh Morteza Bagherzadeh
Nellie Wilson
George Moore
Ole Andreas Hansen
Susannah Boyd
Pier Gerlofs Donia
Mr. Thomson
Miss West
Siddiqa Parvin Siddiqa Parvin
John Middle Sky
Jarda Marek
Griselda
Sarah Morehouse
Countess Lodoiska
Mrs. Bark
Miss Browning
Alice Gordon
Gertrude Hall
Mary Murphy
Angelina Melius
Saxon Lady Giantess
Marie Schubinger
Isabella Pieroni
Lizzie Medford
Mrs. Cook
Miss Hold
Miss Jane Cobden
Bridget McDonald
George Lanz
Rosita
Anna Gustafsson
Jack Williams
William Fromston
Antonio Cauzzi
Big Charlie
Amelia Weston
Priscilla Weston
Clotilde Schneider
Maria Scheller


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Frederick Kempster - 7 feet 9.3 inches (237 cm)


Frederick John Kempster
13 April 1889 - 15 April 1918


by James Kempster, revised January 2011

Frederick Kempster was the sixth of seven children born to Joseph Kempster (1847-1897) and Jane Kempster (1849-1923). He was born on 13 April 1889 in Bayswater, London England where his father worked as a milk carrier for the Aylesbury Dairy Company. As this registry entry shows, he was baptised on 9 June 1889 at the local church. His younger brother George, who was my grandfather, was born on 21 August 1895.
Frederick Kempster
On 25 December 1897, Joseph died of asthma and bronchitis at age 50. His wife Jane was left to support their three youngest children, Susan aged 12, Frederick aged 8, and George aged 2. Jane tried to earn a living doing housework and laundry. She moved her family to a one room apartment in Islington, but she could not earn enough, got behind in the rent and was evicted. At this point, Susan was taken in by her eldest sister Emily (Kempster) Sims and her husband, and Jane applied for help at Barnardo's Commercial Street Shelter in the East End of London for the two boys, so she could find employment in domestic service. Frederick Kempster with his younger brother George Kempster The boys were admitted to Barnardo's on 10 September 1898, at which time both boys were reported to be in good health, and the 9 year old Frederick's height is reported at just over 4 feet. Barnardo's, like many other child care organisations, believed that there were better opportunities for the children in Canada. Many tens of thousands of boys and girls were sent here to work as farm labourers or domestic servants. The quality of their lives depended on the employers with which they were placed. Most lost all contact with their families back in England, and their siblings. This is true of my grandfather George, who knew far less about his family to the end of his days than I do today.

When the boys came into Barnardo's care in September 1898, they were placed in the Receiving House in Stepney, East London. On 14 October 1898, Frederick moved to Barnardo's Leopold House in Stepney. On 23 March 1899 he sailed to Canada on board the SS Scotsman, arriving at St. John on 3 April 1899. In October of that year he was placed with a Mr. Allen in the mid-western Canadian province of Manitoba. He would spend the next 5 years in Manitoba, where the intense winter cold must have been quite a shock to a young English boy.

On 12 November 1904, Frederick returned to England on board the SS Canada because he was unfit for farm labour. When he arrived in England on 21 November 1904, he was said to be suffering from a weak condition of the knees due to congenital weakness and lengthening of the internal lateral ligaments of the knee joints and growth on the upper end of the tibia. Frederick's development into a “giant” had begun while in Canada. An operation was performed at Her Majesty's Hospital in Stepney. This was a children's hospital operated by Barnardo's. Frederick would have a lame left leg for the rest of his life, and the special support shoe on his left foot can be seen in his photographs. On 7 April 1905, he was able to return to work at Barnardo's Youth Labour House at Commercial Road, East London. On 22 March 1911, replying to a letter from his mother Jane, Barnardo's reported that Frederick was living at their Boy's Garden City at Woodford Bridge, Essex where he worked as a basketmaker. This information is confirmed by the news articles reporting the “Parade of Giants” planned as part of the celebrations for the coronation of King George V that year. Frederick Kempster in Parade of Giants The attention he received from the press and public must have been Frederick's first indication that his unusual height might be a means to make a living. In June 1911, he got a job with Astley & Co.'s American Circus at Chigwell in Essex. In August 1911, he visited Barnardo's and reported he was in partnership with a travelling circus, and was doing well. This seems to be the end of his association with Barnardo's, according to their records. However, at some time before 1920, Barnardo's published a set of at least 4 postcards featuring images of Frederick, and noting that the former Barnardo lad was now probably the tallest man in the world. Other postcards showing Frederick can be viewed in his gallery on TheTallestMan.com website.

Frederick Kempster standing outside The Kings Head pub in Landermere



Frederick Kempster and his mother Jane. In the years between 1911 and 1914, when not on tour with the circus, Frederick lived with or near his sisters in Essex. For a while he lived at Landermere, near Thorpe-le-Soken in Essex, near the home of his sister Susan, now Susan Woods who lived in Lexden. Photographs from this period show Frederick and his mother Jane taken in front of The King's Head public house at Landermere Quay. Local lore says that Frederick lived in a cottage partly constructed from an old boat. Another sister Ruth Rayner lived at nearby Bury St. Edmunds, and Frederick would spend much time with her family during wartime.


Newspaper reports from these years can help track his life, but his reported age and height are not reliable. Dated articles are quite rare.



Frederick Kempster in Bath 1913. This photograph was published in The Toronto Daily News (Toronto, Canada) on Saturday, 13 December 1913. It was taken at Bath, England. He is reported to be 23 years old (he's actually 24). His height is said to be 7 feet 9 ˝ inches in his stocking feet. He weighs 322 pounds, and can reach to a height of 12 feet 3 inches. He measures 30 inches across the chest, and is still growing.

Several other photographs of Frederick can be accurately dated to this period and the city of Bath. His sister Ruth had moved to Bath by this time. Her husband James worked there as a gardener. Their daughter Edith was born in Bath in the first quarter of 1913, and a family portrait of Frederick with the Rayners shows the baby Edith sitting on Frederick's lap. Also, the well-known picture of Frederick lighting his cigarette from a street lamp was taken at Bath in September to December 1913. ( the partial date “ber 1913” can be read on the back of the clipping )


Frederick Kempster and family. Frederick Kempster in Bath 1913. The text of the newspaper clipping says that he stands 7 feet 9 Ľ inches, measures 11 inches from wrist to tip of fingers, has a 50 inch chest, and can span 16 notes with one hand on a piano keyboard. He also claims that a man 6 feet 2 inches tall can walk under his outstretched arms.


Frederick Kempster in front of the Passage Panopticum in Berlin. The exact date of Frederick's first exhibition trip to the continent has not yet been determined. This photograph shows him in front of the Passage Panopticum in Berlin. He appears quite young. It probably dates to 1912 or 1913. It is quite faint in the image, but the words Teddy Bobs can be seen on the poster over his right shoulder. This was his stage-name while travelling in Germany with Otto Heineman. A copy of this photo hangs in the pub in Worton, Wiltshire where Frederick lived for a short time.


Here is the text from an interview with Frederick that appeared in the British newspaper The Daily Mail in September 1914.
ENGLISHMAN FROM BERLIN
BAYSWATER GIANT” ON HIS EXPERIENCES
PRISONER FOR A MONTH


When the Continental train steamed into Victoria Station, Mr. Frederick John Kempster was occupying with his huge form the whole of one side of a compartment. The hood of a taxicab had to be raised before he could enter, and when he reached The Daily Mail office he had to remove his hat and stoop in the lift. He is 21 years of age. His height is 8 feet 2 1/2 inches, and he is known as “the Bayswater Giant” He gave the following account of his experiences in Berlin:- “ I was a member of a touring theatrical company which began to travel in Germany last March. I was the giant, and “took” very well. With us were a giantess, midgets, and a legless dwarf who made rings with his mouth. On August 1, when we were in Dresden, the police came to the hall and ordered all the German and Austrian members of the company to the barracks. They said nothing to us, but my manager Mr. Hotter Heineman, an American, saw the state of things and advised us to live quietly. “ There were five of us left:- Mr. Goy, the legless dwarf, his wife, Mr. Gentry his attendant, Mr. Heineman, and myself. On Sunday August 16 we left for Berlin. Being British, we anticipated difficulty at the station, but Mr. Heineman went first and showed his American passport, and then we followed, each saying 'Amerikane' (American) . Arriving in Berlin on Monday, we drove to Charlottenburg, where we stayed in a back street. Our room was a large one on the first floor.


MONTH IN ONE ROOM

“ The landlady made us sign the customary police form, and then the police came – an inspector and a detective. They took names, date of birth, etc., and told us not to attempt to leave without their permission, as we were prisoners. But they were very agreeable over it all, and shook hands with us when they left. They pulled down the blinds and forbade us even to look out, much less to leave the house. “ After a fortnight the police gave us permission to open the windows a little and pull the blinds up, but they forbade us to speak very loudly as they feared the people might attack us. We played cards and dominoes, and occasionally the police lieutenant brought his wife and children to see us. “ We lived like that for a month, till Monday last, when they provided a carriage to drive us to the Ministry of War. I saw many wounded in the churches and on crutches in the streets. Formalities were complied with, and we journeyed through Holland. The real reason for our release I suppose, was our inability to bear arms. “


Notes about the interview:
  1. The reference to “Sunday, August 16” fixes the year as 1914, as that is the only year in that era having that date.
  2. The dates mentioned by Frederick are worth a closer look. Frederick's tour began in March 1914. The assassination in Sarajavo of the Austrian crown prince occurred on June 28. For the next month, Austria tried unsuccessfully to invade Serbia. On August 1, when Frederick reports being in Dresden, Russia pledged to support Serbia in the fight against Austria, and later that same day, Germany declared war on Russia. On August 3, Germany declared war on France who had sided with her ally Russia. On August 4, Germany invaded neutral Belgium, claiming that it was essential that they defeat France as quickly as possible or risk total annihilation, and the fastest way to France is through Belgium. The same day, Britain declared war on Germany in support of her ally Belgium, and the United States declared itself to be neutral. Despite all of this, on August 16, the little theatrical company left for Berlin!
  3. Frederick states that they arrived in Charlottenburg and house arrest on Monday, August 17. If one month of house arrest means four weeks, then they remained at the house until Monday September 14, which Frederick refers to as “Monday last” in his report. So the newspaper interview took place during the week of September 21 – 26, 1914.
A promotional postcard and a newspaper picture must both date to this period. In both images he is wearing a costume/uniform that is quite distinctive, and carries a large baton. The postcard is printed in German, and gives his stage-name as “Teddy Bobs”. The back of the postcard reveals that it was printed by Otto Heineman, his manager named in the newspaper interview. The newspaper article was published in Bath in 1914, and again shows him in that costume. Whether the picture was taken in Germany, or at Bath after his return from Germany has not yet been determined. I suspect that it was taken in Germany two months after he had been in Bath, and the headline refers to the extreme difference in his claimed height now that he is on tour with a manager, and the height they had seen so recently.

Frederick Kempster as Teddy Bobs Frederick Kempster as teddy Bobs


Another newspaper story concerning Frederick's disappearance appeared in The New York Times on 16 September 1914, exactly two days after he reports being released by German authorities. Although his name is misspelled, his stage-name “Teddy Bobs” is again mentioned. Note that he is said to be 8 feet tall. Frederick again appeared in newspapers worldwide when military recruiters found him working at The Barge Inn in Seend Cleeve, Wiltshire. The inn was operated by his sister Ruth Rayner and her husband Jim. The two articles shown below contain slightly different details, so I am including both of them. The article on the left was publishedon 23 December 1916. Both articles are from newspapers in New Zealand.




The next reliable dates we have for Frederick come from reports of his hospital stay in 1917. The newspaper article shown at right is from the Ohinemuri Gazette from New Zealand, and is dated 19 September 1917. Many of the details in his account are inaccurate. Reporters may have embellished the facts to make it more interesting for their readers. The discription of his family is mostly conjecture. The photograph below was clipped from an English paper, and reports the same incident. It is undated.





This obituary was clipped from a Wiltshire, England newspaper. Frederick died in Blackburn on 15 April 1918 from pneumonia. Both his height and his internment are exaggerated in his final newspaper appearance.


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Frederick Kempster touring Germany as Teddy Bobs





















































Notes on a giant, William Robinson.



















Frederick Kempster standing outside The Kings Head pub in Landermere, near Thorpe Le Soken, Essex. The woman on the photo MAY be Frederick's sister Susan who lived only 5 miles from the Kings Head pub at the time.

This is the original photo used for Dr. Barnardo's postcard above. In front of the same pub as the previous image, obviously supplied by the Colchester Brewing Company.
























A very rare photo of Frederick Kempster and Albert Brough




















































Frederick Kempster's ring which he can be seen wearing here and here.


The same ring photographed by a family member with an old English penny to verify the stories about Frederick amusing people by passing a penny through the ring. Note that the date of the penny is 1918.









From the Detroit Free Press, dated 17 June 1917.











































Caption reads: "Teddy Robbs, the tallest man! The youthful Teddy, measuring at a respectable height of 251 cm., is just entering a carriage. It's a good thing that the carriage has an open top!"


Caption bottom left: "England's tallest son. It's Frederick Kempster, picture above with his friends. As a sidenote, we can tell you that his hands can easily cover 16 keys on the piano." Caption middle right: "A man who can light his sigar from a lightpost. This lucky mortal is called Frederick Kempster, is 20 years old and born in London. He is almost 8 feet tall and 125 cm. around the chest. He is invaluable in the houshold as he can reach 12 feet high. He is depicted above, while a friend gives him a light."









The unfeasibly large long johns and night shirt of a man known as the “English Giant” have been discovered by the family of one of his old friends























Medical articles about Frederick Kempster





Uber Zwergwuchs und Riesenwuchs by Alfred Gigon, Basel. German language.


Case of Acromegalic Gigantism.
By ROBERT MILNE, M.D.



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  3. The longest johns: XXXXXL underwear of England's tallest man ever discovered - 20-03-2012
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17-06-2009: Installed discussion forum. You can join it here...

12-06-2009: Started building the website.

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