Robert Fleetwood Keefe

Robert Fleetwood Keefe

robert fleetwood keefeRobert enlisted in the 15th Battalion in September 1914, aged 28. He worked as a labourer on Ellenthorpe before joining up. His father lived in Campbell Town. Robert took part in the first landings at Gallipoli and in August 1915, was wounded in 16 places by shrapnel, affecting both arms, his left leg and lumbar region. He was treated at the Australian Hospital at Ghizereh then medically discharged, sailing for Australia in September 1915.

In November he arrived to a public ‘welcome home’ reception in Campbell Town and was presented with a leather writing satchel to mark the occasion. He convalesced on Ellenthorpe under the care of his former employer Mr Brown.

In 1917 he was granted 200 acres not far from Ellenthorpe under the Returned Soldier Settlement Act.

In 19189 he married Cassie Smith of Fern dale, Ross, and they had two daughters, and a son who served in WWII.

Robert’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.