FOR DAD: Les Atkinson, Narelle Ross, Sherry Green, Patricia Guppy and Daphne Grey with their dad's wreath.
FOR DAD: Les Atkinson, Narelle Ross, Sherry Green, Patricia Guppy and Daphne Grey with their dad's wreath. Shayla Bulloch

Family honours well-known Nambour war hero

GENERATIONS of the wider Atkinson family gather at Alexandra Headland every year to honour a special man who made his mark on the community.

Patricia Guppy, along with her four siblings, family and friends, meet every Anzac Day to pay respects to their dad, Harold "Dutchy” Atkinson.

The Korean War veteran and Nambour man was permanently honoured with a special plaque at the Korean War Memorial on the headland.

He returned from war with plenty of stories to tell, and "most of them true”, according to daughter Sherry Green.

He enlisted in the army when he 19 years old and served overseas in the Middle East, Syria, and was one of the few who came home alive from Kokoda.

After serving at Madagascar in WWII, he re-enlisted in 1951 and spent a year in Korea.

Dutchy received 23 campaign medals, including the US Presidential Citation awarded to soldiers who demonstrated exceptional heroism, and returned to Kokoda with remaining veterans in 1998 after 50 years.

Hundreds turned out at Alexandra Headland for an ANZAC Day service.
Hundreds turned out at Alexandra Headland for an Anzac Day service. Shayla Bulloch

He sadly died in 2011, but more than 20 family members were at the service in his memory with some wearing his war medals.

"It's a very special day for us,” Ms Guppy said.

Dutchy's daughter Daphne Grey laid a floral wreath in her father's memory

A veteran leans against the Korean War Memorial at Alexandra Headland in a moving ANZAC Day service.
A veteran leans against the Korean War Memorial at Alexandra Headland in a moving Anzac Day service. Shayla Bulloch

While the service was one of the smaller ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast, it had arguably one of the best views.