Clement West

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Clement West
Born(1892-08-13)13 August 1892
Manmad, British India
Died4 April 1972(1972-04-04) (aged 79)
Heathfield, East Sussex, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1912–1946
Service number5397
Battles/warsFirst World War
North-West Frontier
Second World War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Mentioned in dispatches (3)

Major-General Clement Arthur West CB DSO MC (13 August 1892 – 4 April 1972) was a senior British Army officer who fought in the First World War and the Second World War.

Military career[edit]

Clement Arthur West was born on 13 August 1892 in Manmad, British India, the only son of Clement West. He was educated at The King's School, Canterbury and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[1] He was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Royal Engineers on 19 July 1912. Noel Martin, Colin Jardine, Harold Price-Williams and Bernard Young, all future general officers, were among his fellow graduates.[2] He first saw active service on the Western Front between 1914 and 1918, during which he was wounded, received the Military Cross and was twice mentioned in dispatches. Promoted to lieutenant on 27 August 1914,[3] he ended the war with the rank of captain.

Between 1919 and 1922, West was Assistant Instructor Survey at the Royal School of Military Engineering, before working at the War Office until 1927. He then attended the Staff College, Camberley and was promoted to major in 1928. From 1930 to 1932 he served as brigade major on the North-West Frontier and from 1932 to 1934 worked for the General Staff of the British Indian Army. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1932.[4] Between October 1934 and January 1936 West was Deputy Assistant Military Secretary at the War Office. In 1937 he was commander, Royal Engineers in the 3rd Division.[5]

During the Second World War, West worked in various staff positions in the United Kingdom until December 1942 when he was made Commanding Officer, East Central District, Home Forces. Promoted to the acting rank of major-general on 4 December 1942,[6] (made temporary on 4 December 1943)[7] between April 1943 and 1945 he served as a major-general on the Imperial General Staff in numerous positions. From 1945 until his retirement in 1946, West was major-general in charge of Administration, Southern Command.[8]


  1. ^ "West, Clement Arthur" in British Army Officers 1939-1945 at, accessed 2 July 2015
  2. ^ "No. 28634". The London Gazette. 9 August 1912. p. 5920.
  3. ^ "No. 28886". The London Gazette. 1 September 1914. p. 6899.
  4. ^ "No. 33823". The London Gazette. 6 May 1932. p. 2958.
  5. ^ 'West, Clement Arthur' in British Army Officers 1939-1945 at, accessed 2 July 2015
  6. ^ "No. 35826". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 December 1942. p. 5499.
  7. ^ "No. 36274". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 December 1943. p. 5325.
  8. ^ 'West, Clement Arthur' in British Army Officers 1939-1945 at, accessed 2 July 2015


  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496.

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