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Robert William Kilgour was born in Colac and was a Drover at the time he enlisted in the 7th Light Horse Regiment on 2 November 1914 at the age of 39. Hus unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 20 December 1914.
His service record makes no mention of service at Gallipoli, although the 7th Light Horse Regiment was deployed there. He did however serve with distinction in Egypt and Palestine, particularly as a driver resupplying men at the firing line. He was recommended for a gallantry award, his recommendation reading, in part æHe has shown great devotion to duty and at times great gallantry when bringing ammunition to the firing line àà. Rations were brought up to the regiment on several occasions to positions that were unapproachable for wheeled vehicles during daylight. It was owing to his exceptional gift of knowledge of country that he was at all times able to locate the regiment even on the darkest of nights'. No gallantry award was made but he was Mentioned in Despatches by General Edmund Allenby in April 1918.
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