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Albert Edward Kemp Mourning Collection
Image: Photograph - Private Albert Edward Kemp
Source: Museum Victoria
The Albert Edward Kemp Mourning Collection comprises 69 objects acquired by Museum Victoria in 2006. It represents one family's memoralization of a soldier who died in World War I, leaving a young family to mourn him. His widow and later his daughter cherished the few items remaining from his service: letters and postcards from and to the front, sweetheat brooches and photographs of him in uniform. They also kept the heart-breaking letters advising of his death and how he died, and later correspondence concerning official recognition of his sacrifice: a tree in an avenue of honor, a scroll, medals and a plaque, and his name at 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Albert Edward Kemp was a 32-year-old butcher living in Caulfield, married to Annie Josephine and with two young children, when he enlisted to fight in World War I in 1916. He enlisted at Royal Park on 4 October 1916 and was assigned to the 22nd Reinforcements, 6th Battalion - regimental number 6800. His battalion left Melbourne on 25 October 1916 - just 21 days after he enlisted - on the Ulysses. The ship arrived in Plymouth three days after Christmas. Albert was shipped to France on 27 March and was 'taken on strength' on 4 April. On 21 September 1917 he died in the trenches at Glencorse Wood, Ypres, during a fierce battle. His body was never found.
Annie received a war pension but appears to have fallen on hard times. She was eventually evicted and moved to 19 Raleigh St, Malvern in 1922. She never re-married, and was still living at that address in Malvern when she died in 1961, alone but cared for by an elderly woman. Her daughter Ethel never married either, and lived until old age, dying about 1993. She never liked to talk about the past, although carefully kept momentoes of her father. Her family describe her house as 'a museum'.
National Archives of Australia Series B2455/1 - barcode 7368872 - KEMP ALBERT EDWARD
Kemp collection supfile, Museum Victoria
'Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918' http://www.ww1westernfront.gov.au/battlefields/menin-road-1917.html
Personal communication with the nephew and great-nieces of Annie Kemp, April 2008
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This British War medal was awarded posthumously to Private Albert Kemp, 6th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcements, 6800, of the A.I.F. He was killed in action in Belgium on the 21st September ...From: Malvern, Australia Images: 3
Alternative Name(s): Sweetheart Brooch, Sweetheart Badge Nine carat gold and enamel brooch, made by Willis of Melbourne. The red and purple horizontal stripes represent the colours of ...From: Malvern, Australia Images: 3
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. Me ...Images: 2
Commonwealth of Australia Repatriation Commission Medical Benefits form 174 (revised 1950) for widows, children of deceased members, widowed mothers, widowed stepmothers of deceased unm ...Images: 4
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 c ...Images: 1
Single page Elector's Right issued to Albert Edward Kemp 25 October 1905. Albert Edward Kemp was a 32-year-old butcher living in Caulfield and married to Annie Josephine, when he enli ...Images: 2
Envelope that contained letter to Ethel Kemp, daughter of Private Albert Kemp, killed in action during World War I. Albert Edward Kemp was a 32-year-old butcher living in Caulfield and ...Images: 1
Grey form printed in black, of several pages. To be completed by a dependent (including a wife or widow) over the age of 16 who had been bereaved by war. It has been stamped 'Melbourne ...Images: 6
Letter addressed to Albert Edward Kemp, who was killed in action in World War I in 1917. The letter was sent months after his death, and objects to his name being kept on the electoral ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Aerogramme, Leaflet, Form Letter Printed form letter requesting particulars of deceased soldiers for use in the 'Nation's Histories', the 'Roll of Honour for Austr ...Images: 10