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 conduct. Kemp was killed in action in 1917.
On 26 September 1919, page 6, the Argus reported that the Caulfield Council was to hold a 'welcome home on the Caulfield Racecourse to returned nurses, sailors and soldiers who enlisted from Caulfield. Certificates will be presented to each nurse, sailor, and soldier.' As the certificate naming Albert Kemp bears the date of this event, certificates may also have been presented to family members of soldiers who had died.
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.
Certificate printed in black on off-white, with coat of arms at top and red seal applied. Framed.
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.
In Memory Of
Printed: 'The Mayor, / Councillors and Citizens / of the / City of Caulfield / Gratefully place on record their high / appreciation of the patriotic and gallant conduct / [following written by hand in ink] of Private A.E. Kemp 6th Batt / in voluntarily responding to the call of / Empire by enlisign for Active Service / in the Great European War 1914-1918 / In Witness Whereof [following in cursive script] the Corporate / Seal of the Mulicipality was / affixed hereto in the presence of / MAYOR [signatures hand-written] W. A. Wharington E.P. / TOWN CLERK F. Jowett / Dated at Caulfield this 27th day of Sept 1919'
Type of item
50.7 cm (Length), 41 cm (Width), 3 cm (Height)