Receipt for 'Cemetry Register (2)' issued to Annie Josephine Kemp, widow of Private Albert Edward Kemp, who was killed in action in 1917, during World War I. Dated 1928, the receipt is for £6, and was stamped by the Receiver of Public Monies, Defence Department, 3rd Military District.

A leaflet issued by the Imperial War Graves Commission around 1917 (HT 13729) explains that 'The Register recording the names and particulars of the British Expeditionary Forces who died in His Majesty's service during the Great War and are buried in the Cemetery (or whose names are commemorated on the Memorial) mentioned overleaf has been published. It will be the final official record of the War Graves in this Cemetery and copies will be deposited in all the Statutory Libraries of the British Empire for permanent custody.

'The Registers contain a full description of the Cemeteries, their history and directions for reaching them. Maps show the position of the Cemeteries in relation to the surrounding country and plans show the location of the graves.'

Corrections could be made to the proof slip provided with the leaflet. Copies of the Register could be purchased at the cost price of £3 each, and sent back post-free within 14 days, using an attached form - which Annie Kemp has clearly done.

The Imperial War Graves Commission was mandated in 1917 to act for the bereaved of the Empire. It took until the early 1930s for most World War I cemeteries and memorials to be completed. (Bart Zino, A Distant Grief, 2007)

Physical Description

Single sheet of paper, rectangular, off-white. Printed in black, with coat of arms and receipt number at top. Filled in by hand, with purple stamp at lower right. Perforation mark on left side. Pin holes and crease at top left.

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