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Soldier to be farewelled with full military honours

stuart in uniform

A Sunshine Coast soldier, killed in training in Central Queensland earlier this month, will be farewelled today with full military honours.

21-year-old Stuart Reddan was fatally struck by a falling tree branch at Shoalwater Bay on May 4.

He's one of two Australian soldiers killed in separate training activities this month.

Hundreds are expected to attend the service at Buderim including his friend Tahlia O'Toole who went to Mountain Creek High School with him.

"He was never the one to bully, he'd stick up for the person getting bullied, he was a genuinely nice guy," Tahlia says.

Scott Harris is attending the service, representing the group The Warriors Return.

"It pulls on my heart strings every time I hear somebody has lost their lives in the military, through an accident or the casualty of war, or through suicide," Scott says.

"It's just gut-wrenching."

The funeral procession will be led by a riderless horse with stirrups reversed, which is a symbol of respect and mourning for fallen members of Light Horse Units.

The service is at Gregson and Weight at 11am.

Image courtesy: 7th Brigade Australian Army, Facebook.