Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Former Scots PGC Student Honoured for RAAF Service

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Former Scots PGC Student Honoured for RAAF Service

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Byline: JOHN TELFER

AT the end of World War II and the beginning of the "Cold War" in Europe, many of the colonial powers found their former colonies were beset by nationalist movements seeking independence.

The Chinese People's Republic, which was formed after the defeat of the Kuomintang government in China, supported regional areas such as Korea in establishing communist governments.

When Korea was divided, causing political instability, the communist north crossed the 38th parallel, a zone set up by the United Nations, which resulted in the Korean War in 1950.

In support of the United Nations, the Australian government recruited a special "K" force to Korea to assist the besieged South Korea, and one young Australian who was sent to fight in that war was former Scots PGC College boy Cecil Sly.

Cec Sly was born in Woodburn, New South Wales, on December 12, 1926, the son of Lance and Clarice Sly.

He received his early education at Woodburn State Primary School, where he attained a scholarship before his parents enrolled him at The Scots PGC College, Warwick, as a boarding student in 1942.

While at Scots, Cec was evacuated to Toolburra Station, along with 100 other boys, to continue his education, when the Australian army's 2/12 Military Hospital took over the college to use it as a general hospital.

At Toolburra, Cec proved to be a good student, and was outstanding in athletics, swimming and rugby. He won the under 16 athletic championships before leaving Scots in 1944, just as the army handed back the college.

Upon leaving school, Cec went home to Woodburn to work in the family business driving trucks until he decided he would like to become a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force, which was calling for recruits.

Enlisting in June, 1948, at the age of 21, Cec was sent to do his initial flying course at RAAF Point Cook in Victoria where he gained his "Wings" before being sent to No 5 Operational Training Unit at RAAF Williamtown to do advanced training. …

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