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Telegram - From Colonel Hawker to Reverend White, Urgent, 21 Sep 1917 Document Reg. No: HT 13566

Hand-written telegram on printed form, notifying that Private Albert Edward Kemp was killed in action on 21 September 1917, during World War I. It requests that Reverend White of the Holy Advent Church, Malvern, inform his widow of his death.

Albert's military records indicate that he died in the trenches at Glencorse Wood, Belgium, where fierce fighting had been raging. A fellow soldier recorded the details of Albert's death for authorities, and his description was sent to Albert's wife Annie in Caulfield: 'I saw him killed by a German bomb whilst we were holding our first objective at Glencross [ie. Glencorse] Wood. He is not buried as far as I know.' Albert's body was eventally recovered, and is buried at 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. His name is located at panel 47 in the Commomorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.

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 recovered. He is commemorated at 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

The Holy Advent Church in Malvern, was located on the corner of Boundary and Wattletree Roads. In 1923, Bishop Green, assisted by the Vicar, the Rev. E. J. White, the Rev. H. B. Hewett, and the Rev. E. B. Fethers, unveiled a war memorial window in the church.
Commonwealth of Australia urgent telegram stamped 18th Oct 1917. Printed in purple on pink paper. Inscription in hand-writing.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 16.70 cm (Height), 21.60 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: death mourning, domestic life, religions, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
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
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Text: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA/Postmaster-General's Department Victoria./URGENT TELEGRAM/Rev. White/Holy Advent/Malvern/Officially reported 6800a Pte. A.E./Kemp killed in action 21/9/17/Kindly inform wife Mrs. Kemp/8 Normandy Ave reply paid/Colonel Hawker.
Person Named: Private Albert Kemp - 6th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 21 Sep 1917

Telegram regarding Pte Kemp's death.
Organisation Named: Postmaster General's Department, Commonwealth of Australia
Organisation Named: Commonwealth of Australia Department of Science
Person Named: Reverend E. White - Holy Advent Church, Malvern

Rev. White is probably Rev. E.J. White
References: National Archives of Australia effectively holds the rest of the Kemp collection, in series B2455/1 - barcode 7368872 - KEMP ALBERT EDWARD. It includes his enlistment papers, medical examination and war records. Some of the records relate directly to the Kemp collection the Museum is acquiring, including information about his tree in the Avenue of Honour. It also includes what appear to be receipts for the medals in this collection.

Information on Reverend White from City of Stonnington web site http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/resources/documents/Chapter_15_HOM.pdf, accessed 9/4/2009.

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