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Pouch - Heart Shaped, circa 1916 Object Reg. No: HT 13717

Summary:
Heart-shaped pouch from a collection of objects belonging, to or relating to, Pte Albert Edward Kemp, who served in France and Belgium in World War I and was killed in service in 1917.

Containing two tiny Catholic images, the pouch may have been made by Annie Kemp, who was a seamstress, for Albert to take to war, although there is no evidence of which family member actually used/carried the pouch.

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:
Maroon leather with red blanket-stitched edging. Two cloth pieces inside, one attached, bearing Catholic icons.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 5.70 cm (Width), 6.20 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, death mourning, world war i 1914-1918, religions roman catholic
Themes this item is part of: 6th Battalion Diary Extract, September 1917, Albert Edward Kemp Mourning Collection, Albert Edward Kemp, AIF (1884-1917), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: religious materials
Date Made: 1916-1917
Past Owner: Private Albert Kemp - 6th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF)

Possible owner - Albert was a Catholic, and may have taken this with him to war.

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