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Hon Colonel, LCol David F.B. Kinloch, CD


David F.B. Kinloch was born at Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland on November 16th, 1914. He came to Canada with his parents as a child in 1919 and grew up in the Coldstream. 

Kinloch attended the Vernon Preparatory School and Vernon High School before being sent to Brentwood College on Vancouver Island. In 1934, he enrolled at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he became interested in journalism and joined the Canadian Officers’ Training Corps. 

In 1939, Kinloch returned to Vernon and was commissioned as a second lieutenant with the British Columbia Dragoons. Two years later, in November 1941, he was sent overseas to England. By 1943 Kinloch and his regiment were in Italy. It was there, while commanding a tank squadron just north of Rimini in the Po Valley, that Kinloch suffered the loss of his leg by an artillery barrage. 

Kinloch arrived back in Canada in February of 1945 and two months later became Clerk to the Municipality of Coldstream. He remained with the reserve BCD’s and, in 1947, became regimental commanding officer. 

In 1951/52 Kinloch served as commander of the Vernon Army Cadet Camp. He was appointed aid de camp to then Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Frank Mackenzie Ross in 1958 and subsequent Lieutenant Governors (Pearkes, Nicholson, Owen, and Bell-Irving) up to 1981.

Kinloch never really left the militia or the regiment. He was appointed the BCD’s honourary Colonel in 1973 and continued in that capacity until 1997. 

One of the final projects David was involved with his beloved Cadet Camp was to initiate a new award to be given to the top subaltern officer, The Sword of Excellence. This award was recommended by the VACC Alumni Association and former Commanding Officer HCol David Kinloch in 2002. It was formally donated to the training centre on June 29, 2003 by the Alumni Association and by David Kinloch's widow Mrs Kinloch. The Sword of Excellence in its oak case is displayed in the officers mess through out the summer. Uniquely, the previous year's winner of the sword carries the sword on the Final parade and hands over to Mrs Kinloch to present to the new winner each summer.

Colonel Kinloch died in 2003. His many B.C. Dragoons uniforms, footlocker, and medals are now part of the Vernon Museum’s collection