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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Honouring Fallen Serviceman

Bowen RSL has recently discovered a World War One veteran being honoured without his headstone, in an unmarked grave.

Major Stuart Tooth, service number 352, served in the Boer War and World War One, and passed away on June 8, 1968.

He served in the 6th Light Horse Regiment and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and was mentioned in Dispatches for his outstanding bravery.

He was laid to rest in Bowen Cemetery in an unmarked grave, which was drawn to the attention of the Bowen RSL by a visitor, Gary Parsons.

Mr Parson was researching a history of Australians in World War One when he discovered Major Tooth.

With funding secured by RSL Queensland and the work of Whitsunday Monuments, a suitable headstone has been placed to recognise the life and service of Mayor Tooth.

A short dedication service has been planned in November to formally recognise his service.

WHAT: Honouring Fallen Veteran

WHERE: Bowen Cemetery

WHEN: Friday November 10, at 10am

Mayor Stuart Tooth’s new headstone in Bowen Cemetery. Photo supplied

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