Corporal Philip Kemp of Long Ditton, Surrey, met Pia Carriera while serving with the 8th Army in San Severo during 1943-1945. It was love at first sight, but the corporal’s parents suggested they wait a year to marry to see if they were still in love. History

Stories of Friendship- Photography Exhibition


In the image above, taken in Rome on 30 April 1947, Corporal Philip Kemp of Long Ditton, Surrey, looks lovingly at Pia Carriera. When they met he was serving with the 8th Army in San Severo during 1943-1945. It was love at first sight, but the corporal’s parents suggested they wait a year to marry to see if they were still in love. 

Stories of Friendship is an exhibition of one hundred photographs from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, London. It provides a new insight into one of the most significant encounters between British soldiers and the civilian population of Puglia during 1943-1945. The institution running the exhibition, Accademia Apulia UK, is putting out an appeal to trace some of the soldiers represented in the photographs and help conserve the memory of a remarkable humanitarian legacy.

Therefore, they are appeal for information about the image above. Not much is known about Corporal Philip Kemp, except that he was originally from Long Ditton, Surrey and served in the 8th army in San Severo.

The exhibition will be running from 21 July until 29 August 2014 at the Priory Church of St John, London.

Museum of the Order of St John

St John’s Gate St John’s Lane London
EC1M 4DA

Exhibition:
21 July – 29 August 2014

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

The total number of people involved in or affected by the Second World War is beyond calculation. This exhibition examines the life of ordinary people and soldiers in Puglia. Between 1943 and 1945 this region in southern Italy became centre stage to the events that led to the end of a bitter war. This free exhibition of previously unseen photographs offers the public a new perspective on the Second World War, detailing people’s stories and their humanity in difficult times.

Stories of Friendship testifies that even in war there is room for positive values. Brotherhood and solidarity are at the heart of the human soul regardless of nationality and status. Organised by Accademia Apulia UK and curated by Tatiana Chierici, Stories of Friendship has been supported by the European Fund for Rural Areas, the Apulian World Council and Accademia Apulia UK. Below, we have listed some of the photographs that will feature in the exhibition. If you know any information about the people in the photographs below or the one above, then do not hesitate to get in contact with Accademia Apulia UK via email: info@accademiapulia.org

 

10/03/1943, Barletta, Italy.
B.Q.M.S S.F. Freston (17th Coast Regt., RA) of Faversham, Kent, and L/Sgt. J.S. Jenkin (903 Coy. R.A.S.C) of Ewhurst, Surrey.

 

10/03/1943, Barletta, Italy.  B.Q.M.S S.F. Freston (17th Coast Regt., RA) of Faversham, Kent, and L/Sgt. J.S. Jenkin (903 Coy. R.A.S.C) of Ewhurst, Surrey.

10/03/1943, Barletta, Italy.
B.Q.M.S S.F. Freston (17th Coast Regt., RA) of Faversham, Kent, and L/Sgt. J.S. Jenkin (903 Coy. R.A.S.C) of Ewhurst, Surrey.

10/10/1943, Castelluccio dei Sauri, Italy.
L./Sgt. Eddie Connolly of Edinburgh, Scotland is the Battery cook sergeant, and is seen being assisted by an Italian woman.

 

10/10/1943, Castelluccio dei Sauri, Italy. L./Sgt. Eddie Connolly of Edinburgh, Scotland is the Battery cook sergeant, and is seen being assisted by an Italian woman.

10/10/1943, Castelluccio dei Sauri, Italy.
L./Sgt. Eddie Connolly of Edinburgh, Scotland is the Battery cook sergeant, and is seen being assisted by an Italian woman.

 

10/10/1943, Castelluccio dei Sauri, Italy.
The Battery cobbler, Bombardier James Wright, of Hanley, Stoke-on-trent, working with the town cobbler, formerly in the Italian army.

10/10/1943, Castelluccio dei Sauri, Italy.  The Battery cobbler, Bombardier James Wright, of Hanley, Stoke-on-trent, working with the town cobbler, formerly in the Italian army.

10/10/1943, Castelluccio dei Sauri, Italy.
The Battery cobbler, Bombardier James Wright, of Hanley, Stoke-on-trent, working with the town cobbler, formerly in the Italian army.

 

 

31/10/1943, Savignano di Puglia, Italy.
William Henry Huston of Sheffield talking to villagers the day the bakery was put back into service by British officers.

31/10/1943, Savignano di Puglia, Italy. William Henry Huston of Sheffield talking to villagers the day the bakery was put back into service by British officers.

31/10/1943, Savignano di Puglia, Italy.
William Henry Huston of Sheffield talking to villagers the day the bakery was put back into service by British officers.

 

06/11/1943, Foggia, Italy.
Leading Aircraft-man H. Wilkinson of Swinton, Yorks has the soap swilled off him during a bath in a sawn off petrol drum.

 

 

06/11/1943, Foggia, Italy. Leading Aircraft-man H. Wilkinson of Swinton, Yorks has the soap swilled off him during a bath in a sawn off petrol drum.

06/11/1943, Foggia, Italy.
Leading Aircraft-man H. Wilkinson of Swinton, Yorks has the soap swilled off him during a bath in a sawn off petrol drum.

 

Written by Elizabeth Cracknell

Photographs provided by Accademia Apulia UK

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