WWII veteran and BGS Old Boy Colin Clinch celebrated his 100th birthday in May this year. Sydney born, he moved to Queensland at the age of 12 and attended the School in 1934 and 1935, before enlisting in the Australian Army in 1941.
Clinch was a member of the 2/10th Field Regiment and was taken as a prisoner of war when Singapore fell to the Japanese in February 1942. He was forced to spend more than three years working on the Thai Burma railroad and in other POW camps. His name is printed on the WWII Honour Board in The Great Hall at BGS.
Photo courtesty of Redland City Bulletin.
After returning home to Australia, Clinch married Zoe Thompson in 1948. He lived most of his life in Clayfield and started Thompson Transport, before working for many years as a customs agent. Malnutrition suffered when he was a POW impacted his eyesight and forced his early retirement. Together with his wife Zoe, the pair then travelled Australia in their caravan.
Clinch now calls Regis Aged Care at Birkdale home, where he celebrated his 100th birthday with family. He received birthday cards from the Queen, Governor General and Prime Minister.
His daughter, Libby Parkinson, was awarded an OAM last year for her work for veterans and their families, particularly through the 2/10th Field Regiment Association.