Biographical entry: Trench, David Clive Crosbie ( - 1988)



David Clive Crosbie Trench first came to the Protectorate in 1938 as a Cadet, and served with the BSIP Defence Force during the Second World War (q.v.), for which he received a Military Cross. He was in charge of Malaita for several months in 1944, and after that was Acting Resident Commissioner. Trench also served in Tonga, and as First Assistant Secretary with the Western Pacific High Commission (q.v.) in Suva. In August 1947 he was appointed Secretary for Development and Native Affairs, sent by High Commissioner Nicoll to oversee the government suppression of Maasina Rule (q.v.). Trench was transferred to Hong Kong in April 1949. He returned as High Commissioner on 4 March 1961 and was knighted in 1962. Sir David returned to Hong Kong as Governor in June 1964, replaced as High Commissioner by Michael David Irving Gass (q.v.). Trench died in 1988. (NS Aug. 1960, Mar. 1961, 15 June 1962, 31 July 1963, 15 Mar. 1964; David Akin, personal communication, Sept. 2012)

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  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details