Sidney Clive

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Sir Sidney Clive
Born 16 July 1874
Died 7 October 1959 (aged 85)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1893–1934
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Mahdist War
Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour

Lieutenant-General Sir George Sidney Clive, GCVO KCB CMG DSO DL JP (16 July 1874 – 7 October 1959) was a British Army officer who subsequently became Military Secretary.

Background and education[edit]

Clive was the son of General Edward Clive and Isabel Webb and he was educated at Harrow School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst,[1]

Military career[edit]

Clive was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1893,[2] and promoted to Lieutenant on 26 October 1897. He took part in the military expedition to the Sudan in 1898, and was promoted to Captain on 28 January 1900, during a temporary appointment as Adjutant of his battalion (19 January - 24 March 1900).[3] He fought in the Second Boer War between 1899 and 1902, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).[2] He attended Staff College, Camberley in 1903 and became a General Staff Officer at the War Office in 1905.[2]

He served in the First World War as Head of the British Mission at the French Army headquarters from 1915 to the end of the War and was invested as a Companion of the Order of the Bath.[2] Clive also received several decorations from France, Belgium and Russia.[1]

After the War, in 1919, Clive was appointed Military Governor of Cologne and from 1919 to 1920, he was Commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade at Aldershot (as a temporary Brigadier). He was appointed British Military Representative to the Armaments Commission of the League of Nations in Geneva in 1921 and became Military attaché in Paris in 1924, rising to Major-General in the same year. He was appointed Director of Personal Services at the War Office in 1928 and Military Secretary in 1930. He was invested as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1933. [1][2]

Clive retired from the army in 1934, as a Lieutenant General, and served as Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps between 1934 and 1946 and as High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1939. He was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1937.[1][2] Clive was a Justice of the Peace and the Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire.[1]

He died on 7 October 1959 in a disastrous fire at the family home, Perrystone Court, near Ross-on-Wye.[4]


On 26 March 1901 Clive married Madeline Buxton and the couple had three sons (including Archer Clive, who fought with distinction in World War II) and two daughters.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Lt.-Gen. Sir George Sidney Clive". The Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ "No. 27163". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 February 1900. p. 910. 
  4. ^ When flames ravaged the Court Archived 10 December 2007 at Hereford Times, 24 June 2006
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Gerald Boyd
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Deedes