Port Broughton WWII veteran remembered

April 26, 2024 10:21 am in by
Photo: Michelle Daw / Yorke Peninsula Times via The Advertiser

Tragedy struck before the Port Broughton Dawn Service yesterday, 25 April, as a World War II veteran died on his way to the service.

It’s suspected 98-year-old John Atkinson, who served in Darwin, Papau New Guinea and the Phillipines, suffered a medical episode when he fell from his mobility scooter, sadly dying at the scene.

The veteran was supposed to lead his local RSL’s march that morning – something he’d done for several years.

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The Advertiser reports he’s remembered as a “wonderful, wonderful man” with a “heart bigger than what he was.”