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Letter - Australian Red Cross to Mrs Kemp, Killed in Action, 30 Apr 1918 Document Reg. No: HT 13563

Summary:
Single-page letter dated 30 April 1918 from the Australian Red Cross, Victorian Division, to the widow of Private Albert Edward Kemp, who was killed in action in Belgium in 1917. It includes Private A. Meekoms' account of Kemp's death:

'I saw him killed by a German bomb whilst we were holding our first objective at Glencross [ie Glencorse] Wood. He was not buried as far as I know. I knew him in the Co. I could not say what he came over with. He came from Melbourne. He was about 30 years of age, 5ft. 7ins. dark complexion, and well built.'

Albert Edward Kemp was a 32-year-old butcher living in Caulfield and married to Annie Josephine, when he enlisted. He and Annie had a daughter, Ethel Mavis, and a baby son, George Percival. Albert enlisted at Royal Park on 4 October 1916, and was assigned to the 22nd Reinforcements, 6th Battalion - regimental number 6800. His battalion left Melbourne 25 October 1916 - just 21 days after he enlisted. He was shipped to France on 27 March and was taken on strength on 4 April. On 21 September 1917, Albert died in the trenches in Glencorse Wood, Belgium. His body was never found. He is commemorated at 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Description:
Single page letter, typed on Australian Red Cross (Victorian Division) letterhead, whose insignia red cross is printed in red at centre top.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 252 mm (Height), 202 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: death mourning, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, making history - kemp mourning collection
Themes this item is part of: Albert Edward Kemp Mourning Collection, Albert Edward Kemp, AIF (1884-1917), 6th Battalion Diary Extract, September 1917, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Text: INFORMATION BUREAU./AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY/VICTORIAN DIVISION/Mrs. A.J. Kemp,/8 Normandy Avenue/Malvern/Dear Madam,/re Pte. A.E. Kemp, No. 6800a, 6th Battalion./Our London Agents have forwarded us the following report/in regard to the above named soldier who was killed in action on/the /Pte. A. Meekoms, No. 6319, 6th Battalion, on the 18th/February stated - "I saw him killed by a German bomb whilst we were/holding our first objective at Glencross [ie Glencorse] Wood. He was not buried/as far as I know. I knew him in the Co. I could not say what he came/over with. He came from Melbourne. He was about 30 years of age,/5ft. 7ins. dark complexion, and well built."/Should any further reports come to hand we will again/communicate with you.

The letter is signed by Beacham Kiddle, Hon Secretary.
Organisation Named: Australian Red Cross Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1918
Person Named: Private Albert Kemp - 6th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
References: Information about the Australian Red cross from AWM web site http://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2009/03/16/red-cross-records-from-the-first-world-war/, accessed 23/4/2009.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Garrie Hutchinson, Remember Them; a Guide to Victoria's Wartime Heritage, Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne, 2009, 30-2 Pages

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