Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Oswald's Service Went Long after War

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Oswald's Service Went Long after War

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OSWALD George Dent's commitment to the military never waned, even in his twilight years.

Mr Dent, a life member of the RSL, was one of a group of men who took it upon themselves to raise and lower the flag every day at Immanuel Gardens Retirement Village, Buderim.

Maroochy RSL president Michael Liddelow spoke at the 97-year-old's funeral on Tuesday in recognition of his years of service to his country and other servicemen and women.

Mr Dent was born during the First World War, the son of an AIF padre, and grew up near the Blue Mountains and at Lidcombe in Sydney.

At 18, he joined a surveying firm and also the citizens' militia, a forerunner of the army reserve.

When the Second World War broke out, he joined the AIF and served in Syria, Lebanon and Port Moresby.

After the war, he and his wife, Bettye, settled at Taree, where he went into private practice as a surveyor, and was president of the RSL sub-branch, a Sunday school superintendent and scout commissioner. …

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