THE bayonet that was snapped off Hervey Bay RSL's Fifth Light Horse statue by a teenage vandal a week ago has been found by two Maryborough siblings in the sand of the beach at Pialba.

Jesse Slade, 22, and his sister Grace, 15, unexpectedly dug up the missing bayonet when they were using a metal detector to find hidden treasures on the beach over the Easter weekend.

"Usually we just find tin foil, bottle caps and beer cans," Mr Slade said.

"I wasn't actually sure what it was but I picked it up anyway because it was unusual."

Mr Slade did not know anything about the missing bayonet, but took the initiative of searching on the internet as to what it could be.

"We don't watch TV where we are so I had no idea at first," he said.

"I just jumped onto good-ol' Google images and the stories came up about the stolen bayonet."

The Slades called the police, who helped return the item to the Hervey Bay RSL.

"When you look at the way the bayonet's been snapped off, I think it's pretty clear that they thought it didn't mean anything so they just chucked it in the sand," he said.

"But the fact that these young people have returned it is giving me hope that young people do still respect property and understand the significance of something like this."

Mr Kelsey said unfortunately the stolen piece could not be salvaged and still had to be replaced.

A 14-year-old boy was cautioned by police after the incident.

RSL sub-branch president John Kelsey and Maryborough siblings Jesse and Grace Slade with the broken bayonet from the light horse statue in Freedom Park.
RSL sub-branch president John Kelsey and Maryborough siblings Jesse and Grace Slade with the broken bayonet from the light horse statue in Freedom Park. Alistair Brightman