A Civilian Registration (British Subjects) Identity Card Form C.R.3, number V12 / F86 / 45050 issued to Mrs Annie Josephine Kemp of Malvern on 4 May 1942, during World War II. Annie was the widow of World War I soldier Private Albert Edward Kemp who had raised two children on her own. She described her business on the card as 'home duties'. She was
Annie has signed the card herself, and had it witnessed by Evaline (?) Dunn of Rutherford Road, Tecoma.
Compulsory registration of all civilian British subjects in Australia over the age of 16 had to be completed by 25 March 1942. Those who did not do so face prosecution or a penalty. Registration cards were posted out to everyone registered 'soon after' (The Mercury, 17 March 1942., p.4; Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), 30 March 1942, p.4).
Rectangular card of lightweight brown cardboard, printed with black ink and completed with hand-writing. Postal stamp at upper right corner on front.
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 Glencross Wood, France (according to his memorial medal and the Roll of Honour, but his Field Service record says he died in 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.
Text: O.H.M.S./Form C.R. 3./Civilian Registration (British Subjects)/Keep this Identity Card in a cover/It will fit into an ordinary envelope/Carry it with you when away from home./IDENTITY CARD.
Type of item
8.5 cm (Length), 14.1 cm (Width)