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Certificate - Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces, Private A.E. Kemp, Killed in Action, 29 Jan 1918 Document Reg. No: HT 13567

Typed letter on white printed proforma, headed 'Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces', certifying that World War I soldier Private Albert Edward Kemp was killed in action on 21 September 1917. His place of death is noted as 'no record available'.

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 never found. He is commemorated at 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. His name is located at panel 47 in the Commomorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.
White printed proforma, headed 'Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces', onto which is typed additional information.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 16.80 cm (Height), 21.10 cm (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
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Text: Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces/This is to Certify that, according to the records, No 6800A/Private Albert Edward Kemp,/6th Battalion,/Australian Imperial Force./was killed in action/at (no record available) on 21st September 1917/The official notification of the above is contained in Cable No C.I.B.L./1914, from the Commandant, A.I.F. Headquarters, dated London, 13th/October, 1917, confirmed by Mail from the Commandant, A.I.F. Head-/quarters, dated London, 15th October, 1917/Melbourne, 29th January 1918.
Organisation Named: Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 29 Jan 1918
Person Named: Private Albert Kemp - 6th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
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.

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