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Certificate - Private A.E. Kemp, City of Caulfield, Patriotic & Gallant Conduct, 27 Sep 1919 Document Reg. No: HT 14106

Dated 27 September 1919, this certificate was presented by the mayor, councillors and citizens of the City of Caulfield in memory of Pte Albert Edward Kemp for his patriotic & gallant conduct. Kemp was killed in action in 1917.

On 26 September 1919, page 6, the Argus reported that the Caulfield Council was to hold a 'welcome home on the Caulfield Racecourse to returned nurses, sailors and soldiers who enlisted from Caulfield. Certificates will be presented to each nurse, sailor, and soldier.' As the certificate naming Albert Kemp bears the date of this event, certificates may also have been presented to family members of soldiers who had died.

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.
Certificate printed in black on off-white, with coat of arms at top and red seal applied. Framed.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 3.00 cm (Height), 41.00 cm (Width), 50.70 cm (Length)

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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
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Death & Mourning
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Printed: 'The Mayor, / Councillors and Citizens / of the / City of Caulfield / Gratefully place on record their high / appreciation of the patriotic and gallant conduct / [following written by hand in ink] of Private A.E. Kemp 6th Batt / in voluntarily responding to the call of / Empire by enlisign for Active Service / in the Great European War 1914-1918 / In Witness Whereof [following in cursive script] the Corporate / Seal of the Mulicipality was / affixed hereto in the presence of / MAYOR [signatures hand-written] W. A. Wharington E.P. / TOWN CLERK F. Jowett / Dated at Caulfield this 27th day of Sept 1919'
Issued By: City of Caulfield, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia, 27 Sep 1919
In Memory Of: Private Albert Kemp - 6th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), Australia, 1917

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