Royal Richard Kerby was born in Ballarat and was an Electrician by trade when he enlisted in the 60th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement on 12 February 1916 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916. He served with the 8th Battalion, and as a driver with the Motor Transport Company, although it seems he had some brushes with military authorities. In 1917 he was charged with ædrunkenness while on active service', in 1918 with æconduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline viz. riding a motorcycle in a manner dangerous to the public', and in 1919 with æinsolence to a superior officer'. At the war's end he returned home on the Devon with his brother Noble Kerby (Tree No 3062), disembarking at Melbourne on November 27th 1919.
Tree No 3061