Robert Errick KEILLOR


KEILLOR, Robert Errick

Service Number: 2832
Enlisted: 29 September 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Caboolture, Queensland, 10 October 1896
Home Town: Caboolture, Moreton Bay, Queensland
Schooling: Camp Flat State School
Occupation: Selector
Died: Killed in Action, Menin Road, Belgium, 31 July 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Caboolture War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*, Nanango War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

29 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2832, 41st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2832, Brisbane, Queensland
23 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2832, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
18 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2832, 41st Infantry Battalion, Warneton

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Father John Keillor and Mother Emily Francis Keillor (nee ________)
lived on a farm outside (upper) Caboolture.

One of five sons.

Next of kin in service:
Brother:  6558 Thomas Henry Keillor

Described on enlisting as 19 years 11 months old; single; 5' 4 1/2" tall; 132 lbs;
dark complexion; brown eyes; brown hair; Church of England.

29/9/1916    Enlisted in Brisbane
                   completed medical - fit for service

26/11/1916  Commanding Officer appointed Robert to
                   6th reinforcements, 41st Battalion, Rifle Range - Enoggera

23/12/1916  Embarked on board HMAT Demosthenes A64, departed from Sydney
                   as a Private in the 41st Infantry, 6th reinforcements

24/1/1917    sick to hospital at sea - Measles  (discharged 30/1/1917)

7/2/1917      sick to hospital at sea - Measles (discharged 13/2/1917)

6/3/1917      marched in from Australia to England

21/4/1917    admitted to hospital (mumps) - discharged 9/5/1917

2/7/1917      proceeded overseas to France, ex Folkestone, England

18/7/1917    taken on strength into 41st Battalion, in the Field

31/7/1917    Killed in action in the field
buried in:     nearby of Messines, Belgium

NO grave or body was ever found.

Robert's name is commemorated at the MENIN GATE Memorial, Ieper, Province West- Vlaanderen,
Flanders, Belgium.

British War medal (54903); Victory medal (54063); Memorial Plaque and
Memorial Scroll (328546).

On behalf of Robert's great-niece Leigh E Chester-Master (nee Keillor).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  28/1/2015.  Lest we forget.