Hardworking soldier, 29, killed when his army truck rolled off the road, is remembered as a devoted husband – as his distraught family pays tribute
- Brendon Payne, 29, was one of two soldiers killed near Townsville on Monday
- The two Brisbane soldiers drove an army vehicle on the public road
- The truck ran off the road and rolled off an embankment, both died on the spot
- Friends and family of Mr Payne posted some online tributes to the private
A soldier who died when an army truck rolled off an embankment is remembered by his family as loving and hardworking.
Private Brendon Payne, 29, and another soldier, 40, who has yet to be identified, both died when the Army vehicle they were traveling in hit a public road in Dotswood, west of Townsville, and rolled off an embankment Monday afternoon.
The soldiers were from the 7th Combat Brigade, a unit based at the Gallipoli barracks at Enoggera in Brisbane.
The two men had traveled from their Brisbane base for a training exercise in the Townsville area.
Private Brendon Payne, 29, was part of the 7th Combat Brigade, a unit based at the Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera in Brisbane
Tributes online for Mr Payne, a private, are from friends and family.
‘Words cannot express the grief of my family and my brother and his family’ [at] losing his firstborn,” wrote Brendon’s Aunt Leanne.
“Our beautiful Aimee, Brendon’s wife and best friend, knows we love you dearly and thank you for coming into our lives, but most importantly for making our Brendon the happiest man ever.”
A good friend wrote: ‘My brother, I can’t even talk, it’s like’ [a] dagger in my heart. You really are one of my best friends, my brother-in-arms.’
‘Always a good guy. Quiet yet friendly. Fly high brother!’ wrote another friend who worked with Mr. Payne on the Gold Coast.
“This is a tragic accident and our deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of our soldiers,” said Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr.
‘My brother, I can’t even talk, it’s like’ [a] dagger in my heart. You are truly one of my best friends, my brother-in-arms,” a friend posted online in a tribute to Mr Payne
Defense Secretary Peter Dutton also called Mr Payne’s death “tragic”, while Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk expressed her condolences to the family during a speech to state parliament.
“ADF has set up a large control room at the Lavarack barracks and the QPS forensic unit is investigating the incident,” she said.
Mr Payne’s Facebook indicated that he had been married since April 2019 after getting engaged in 2017.