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

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.
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, making history - kemp mourning collection, soldiers comforts
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
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
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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