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Certificate - In Memoriam, Private A.E. Kemp, circa 1917 Document Reg. No: HT 14104

'In Memoriam' certificate with small photo of Private Kemp inscribed '6th Bn Glencross [actualy Glencorse] Wood 2nd Brigade'. Private Albert Edward Kemp was killed in action in Belgium during World War I, on 21 September 1917. He left a widow and two young children, who probably treasured this certificate (his wife would have received it as his next of kin).

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.
'In Memoriam' certificate with small photo of Private Kemp inscribed '6th Bn Glencross Wood 2nd Brigade'. Allegorical figure of Glory holding banner inscribed 'ANZACS', with scene of sea, Middle Eastern town and prone soldier. Unframed. Insect damage; small loss to text has been in-filled by hand.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 505 mm (Height), 405 mm (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
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Death & Mourning
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Text: Palestine/Jerusalem, from Golgotha/IN MEMORIAM/Egypt/The/Pyramids/Anzacz, you've graved your name upon Immortal Scroll,/Naught can compare with what the World acclaims/Zenith of a fighting patriot soul/A host of heroes, you have but echoed back/with Clarion tongue/the Spartan Sires from whom you fitly sprung/Coo-ee! Comrades, Kia Ora your distant cousin/will ever be/Sacred to all Eternity/6800A/PRIVATE A.E. KEMP/6th Battalion 2nd Brigade/Glencross Wood.
In Memory Of: Private Albert Kemp - 6th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 1917 or later
  1. [Book], Garrie Hutchinson, Remember Them; a Guide to Victoria's Wartime Heritage, Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne, 2009, 30-2 Pages

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