Oliver Cecil Clare

Oliver Cecil Clare, a foreign banker, was born in 1881 and had served as a Sergeant in colonial forces, namely the Border Horse and the South African Light Horse during the Second Boer War. He attested as a Private in the 10th Royal Fusiliers on 29 August 1914, and progressed up the ranks, being promoted Corporal on 19 October, and Lance-Sergeant on 30 November. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 8th East Surrey on 24 March 1915, promoted Captain on 9 April. The battalion landed in France on 28 May, Clare serving as Adjutant. He was appointed Major on 8 June 1916, and, wounded at Trones Wood on 14 July, returned as second-in-command on 5 September. From November 1916 to April 1917 he was invalided to England suffering from influenza, returning to command 7th West Kent on 24 May 1917 until the Armistice. He won a bar to his DSO as CO:


During an enemy attack … he promptly counter-attacked with his battalion and caused a position to be held. Throughout he showed fine leadership and coolness under heavy machine-gun and shell fire.


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