PRIZED POSSESSIONS: Barbara Brazier holding the watch and whistle that belonged to the late Arthur Brazier.
PRIZED POSSESSIONS: Barbara Brazier holding the watch and whistle that belonged to the late Arthur Brazier. Michael Nolan

Boondooma remembers its soldiers

IN THE short 22 years he was alive, Arthur Brazier didn't amass a great number of possessions.

Save a few grainy photos, all his family has to remember him by are some war medals, a faded watch and an Army whistle punctured with a bullet hole.

With a unvailing of a memorial at Boondooma Homestead, Arthur's family can add one more item to that short list.

"It's very interesting to think about the history and how the only people close to him are a few nieces and nephews and we won't be around for much longer," family member Barbara Brazier said.

Like many, Arthur lied about his age and signed up at the tender age of 16.

He arrived France on July 20, 1917 with the machine gun company, where he survived for almost a year and a half before dying from a gunshot wound.

Arthur's plaque sits next to one for his brother William and 13 other men from the Boondooma region who enlisted and fought in Europe.

The two brothers were from a large family of 11 children and originally from Jandowae.

Before enlisting, he worked as a drover on the station.

Judy and Keith Brandt, along with Buddy Thomson, have spent the past year collecting stories of the 15 men who enlisted from Boondooma.

With help from a $2790 grant from the Queensland Government, a memorial was erected, dedicated to their service.

In the coming months Buddy and his team will start researching the lives of Second World War soldiers.

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