Avenue of Honour plaque in memory of Pte Albert Edward Kemp, who was killed in action on the Western Front in 1917, during World War I.
The Caulfield Avenue of Honour was located in North Road and Nepean Highway, and was combined with the Brighton Avenue of Honour. The idea was reported in the Argus in July 1918, when it was intended to comprise 'two extensive avenues of gum trees' (Argus, 1 July 1918, p.6). Matters moved fast, and on 3 August the Governor planted the first tree (Argus, 5 August 1918, p.6). On the same day, Albert Kemp's tree was planted.
On 23 August 1918, returned soldiers were invited to muster at Brighton Railway Station at 2.15, and then march to North Road, accompanied by the bands of the 46th Infantry and Brighton District. The trees were to be planted at the same time on a signal issuing from a raised platform (Argus 22 August 1919, p.6). Albert's tree was planted in the "third section", listed on page 19 of the Souvenir Programme for the planting. His place of death was listed as France, although he died in Belgium.
The plaque would have been removed many years later, likely when the Avenue of Honour was removed for road widening in the 1960s.
Rectangular pressed metal plaque nailed to a rectangular wooden board. Painted silver.
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
Place & Date Used
In Memory Of
Pressed steel name plaque on board. Inscribed "6800 / PTE. A. E. KEMP / 6th BATT. / 21'9'17 / FRANCE"
Type of item
32.5 cm (Length), 13.8 cm (Width), 2.3 cm (Depth)
30 mm (Length), 329 mm (Width), 146 mm (Height)
Measurement From Conservation.