Black and white postcard featuring image of a gun in action during World War I. Written in 1917 on the Western Front during World War I by Pte Albert Edward Kemp to his son George. It is unclear if the postcard was ever sent - it may be one of several postcards which were amongst his possessions returned from the battlefields.

Albert writes: 'Dear George My wish is this will find you in best of health as it leave your daddy at present love for ever and ever. Yours, Daddy
Pte A.E. Kemp
[Regarding the image of the guns] These give fritz some hurry up don't you think.'

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.

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Black and white postcard featuring image of a gun in action during World War I. Two men are on the gun, as if in the act of loading it. Other men prepare ordnance to the left side; in the right foreground several men stand by, one in formal uniform watching the gun. The reverse of the card has printed information, and text hand-written in purple cursive script.

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