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Brooch - Sweetheart, Round, 6th Battalion, World War I, circa 1916-1918 Object Reg. No: HT 13720

Alternative name: Sweetheart Brooch

Nine carat gold and enamel brooch, made by Willis of Melbourne. The red and purple horizontal stripes represent the colours of the 6th Battalion. Memento of Private Albert Edward Kemp, who served in France and Belgium in World War I and was killed in service in 1917.

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.
9ct round gold brooch with rectangular red enamel centrepiece.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 0.50 cm (Height), 2.40 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, death mourning, world war i 1914-1918, making history - kemp mourning collection
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: Souvenirs & Mementoes
Tertiary Classification: jewellery
Manufacturer: Willis of Melbourne Jewellers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1916-1918
Other Association (See Comments): Private Albert Kemp - 6th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), Malvern, Victoria, Australia, 1916-1918

6800 Pte A.E. Kemp, 6th Battalion, A.I.F.. Possibly a gift from Albert Kemp to his wife Annie.

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