Alternative Name(s): Certificate
Letter of sympathy addressed to Mrs Annie Kemp, widow of Pte Albert Edward Kemp, who was killed in action on 21 September 1917, during World War I. The letter advises that:
'...this Council, on behalf of the Citizens of the City of Caulfield, tenders its sincere sympathy to the relatives of Private Albert E. Kemp, who, in nobly doing his duty to the Empire has made the greatest of all sacrifices in giving his life for his Country and dying on the Field of Honour...'
The certificate was dated 2 November 1917, less than two months after Private Kemp's death.
Off-white paper with City of Caulfield letterhead including coat of arms, typed in purple ink. Red seal of the City of Caulfield at lower right. The seal has left an imprint higher up the page from many years of being stored folded.
Albert Edward Kemp was a 32-year-old butcher, living at 8 Normanby Ave, Caulfield and married to Annie Josephine, when he enlisted. Born in South Yarra, he was a small man, 5'4½", and weighed only eight stone. He and Annie had a daughter, Ethel Mavis, and a 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 Albert enlisted - on the "Ulysses" with two officers and 150 O/Rs. The ship arrived in Plymouth three days after Christmas.
A little over one month later, on 1 February 1917, Albert was disciplined for being absent without leave from midnight and was apprehended the next afternoon. He forfeited 18 days' pay for his offence. He was shipped to France on 27 March, and probably went into action in the trenches. On 13 July Albert was again in trouble, this time for disobeying orders from a superior officer. (It is unclear what his punishment was, but "48 hours" may refer to imprisonment).
Two months later, on 21 September 1917, Albert died in the trenches in Glencorse Wood, Belgium. He is buried at 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. His name is located at panel 47 in the Commomorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.
Some time in 1918, Albert's belongings were sent in error to a family who had lost a member by the same name in Wonthaggi, and Annie received that man's belongings. In June she was asked to return the other Pte Kemp's belongings.
Annie received a war pension, but appears to have fallen on hard times - suggested by her need for assistance with a grocery bill approved in one of the documents. She moved to 19 Raleigh St, Malvern in 1922. It is unclear what happened to Ethel, as only George is mentioned from the early 1920s. Further research is required.
The family's home at 8 Normanby Ave is still standing, largely with original façade; their street overall is also largely original.
Purchase from Mr Jeff Kemp, 07 Dec 2006
In Memory Of
Text: City of Caulfield/Town Hall, Glen Eirs & Hawthorn Roads/Caulfield 2nd November 1917/Mrs. A. Kemp/"Geneva"/8 Normandy Avenue/Malvern/Dear Madam/Hereunder we give you a copy of a resolution passed/by this Council at its meeting on Tuesday last, and which has been/placed upon the council's records, viz:-/Resolved unanimously/That this Council, on behalf of the Citizens of the/City of Caulfield, tenders its sincere sympathy to the relatives of/Private Albert E. Kemp, who, in nobly doing his duty to the Empire/has made the greatest of all sacrifices in giving his life for his/Country and dying on the Field of Honour, and/That a copy of the above resolution, under the seal/of the Council, signed by the Mayor and Twon Clerk, be forwarded/to his relatives.
Type of item
26.5 cm (Length), 21.2 cm (Width)