D R Grimwade

Donald Robert GRIMWADE

Donald Grimwade, as seen in the Inter 1966-67 Premiership photo

Don Grimwade (left) and John McKnoulty at the club in March 2017

Life member – 1971

Born: 4 June 1927 in Brisbane

In World War 2 he served in the army from 1945 to 1946.

Don turned 18 just at the end of the war and joined the Infantry. At the conclusion of the war he served in Rabul in Papua New Guinea, known then as New Britain where he was tasked with guarding Japanese Prisoners of war.

Don tells that he and Souths Wicket Keeper (And Australian player) Wally Grout shared the ship ride to PNG at the time. Wally was very busy trying to get games of cricket going in Rabul on what were pretty ‘agricultural’ pitches.

Don played in a number of the A Grade Premiership winning teams in the early 60’s. Don’s recollection was that the premiership was a forgone conclusion and the only thing in doubt was who would lose to Souths.

Don was also a long term player for Valleys Cricket