Lt Carew led first Anzac Day march

Lieutenant Robert James Carew. Contributed
Lieutenant Robert James Carew. Contributed Contributed

ROBERT James Carew of Kingaroy worked as a telegraphist at the Kingaroy Post Office before enlisting in the army as a private in 1915.

It was only a few short months later he was sent overseas on November 9, 1915, to fight in the First World War.

After the war, Robert returned to his family in Burrandowan. He rarely spoke of his experience.

His son William, now in his 80s and who lives in Canberra, remembers his father picking shrapnel from his legs over the years, but discovered most of his father's war stories through his Aunt Molly.

Just before Christmas William sent Kay Dove, a cousin of the family, two framed photos of Kingaroy's first Anzac march in 1919, led by Robert.

Mrs Dove donated those photos on Mr Carew's behalf to the Kingaroy Memerambi RSL Sub- branch, almost 100 years after Robert first left Australia to serve.

"I felt I owed it to Mr Carew," she said.

"I just wanted to acknowledge all those local men and women who gave so much, not only for our South Burnett area but Australia in general."

Robert Carew was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1916.

"It is just another layer of our family's rich local history," Mrs Dove said.

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