Gerald B. Clarke

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Gerald Bryan Clarke was born in Gwelo on 1 November 1909, the son of Francis Joseph Clarke and Margaret Shiel. He was the principal secretary[1] to the Rhodesian Cabinet (under Prime Minister Ian Smith) throughout the existence of the Rhodesian Front Government (1964–1979). A close confidant of Prime Minister Smith, Clarke attended virtually every conference and Heads-of-Governments meetings that Smith attended throughout his tenure.

Clarke organised and ran the sub-committee that drew up the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, which Smith and his Cabinet signed on 11 November 1965.[2]


  1. ^ Young, Kenneth (1969). Rhodesia and independence: a study in British colonial policy. Dent. p. 225. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Smith, Ian (June 1997). The Great Betrayal: The Memoirs of Ian Douglas Smith. London: John Blake Publishing. pp. 100, 103. ISBN 1-85782-176-9.