Alternative Name(s): Lettergram. Aerogram

Letter from the Australian Imperial Force to Mrs Annie Kemp relating to the return of personal effects from her husband, Private Albert Kemp, a World War I soldier killed in action on 21 September 1917.

The letter explains that the parcel of personal effects she received (on 22 May 1918) was supposed to have been sent to another bereaved woman, Mrs C. Kemp of Wonthaggi, who had been in turn sent Annie Kemp's parcel. Each was asked to return the parcel. No apology was made for what must have been a heart-rending mistake, made at the A.I.F. Headquarters in London.

Annie eventually received the proper parcel nearly a year later, on 25 May 1919. It contained photographs, postcards, a rosary and a 'religious book' (according to his service record held at the National Archives).

A copy of the letter (probably a carbon copy) is held at the National Archives (barcode 7368872).

Physical Description

Single sheet of paper, typed and stamped. Printed letterhead; hand-written signature. Address typed on reverse; printed return address. Postal stamp visible. Edges of letter ragged from being torn open, particularly at top left and lower right.

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