Warrant Officer Ronald William G Clarke Royal Air Force & Air Training Corps
The Man Ronald William G Clarke was born on 21st June 1929 in Holborn, London and his mothers maiden name was Gilbert. The only detail known about Ronald is that he was a Cadet in the Air Training Corps, during World War II, enlisting into the regular Royal Air Force at RAF Cardington in 1946, aged 18 with service number 3502980 -which was from a block (3501800 to 3504999) allocated to regular enlistment ex ATC. He was later promoted to Corporal. During the second quarter of 1954 aged 25 he married Avril M Charman in Surrey. Ronald saw active service in Cyprus, when in1956 the Cypriot movement for union with Greece (called "Enosis") started under the leadership of Archbishop Makarios and General George Grivas. The General led the guerrilla organisation EOKA against the British troops stationed on the island. The conflict was often a bloody affair, involving 40,000 British troops over 4 years. For his involvement Ronald was awarded the General Service Medal with 'Cyprus' clasp. On leaving the RAF Ronald re-joined the ATC in about 1969 aged 40 and appointed Warrant Officer. He was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal on 18th May 1981 representing 12 years voluntary service. Ronald died in Kingston, Surrey in December 1996 aged 67.
The Story The pair of medals awarded to Ronald William G Clarke were acquired from Norman W Collett's web site on 31st August 2016, and of interest because of the Cadet Forces Medal to the Air Training Corps, with a campaign medal. Only very basic detail could be uncovered from Ancestry.UK enabling a brief biography to be put together.
- General Service Medal: 3502980 CPL. R.W.G.CLARKE. R.A.F.
- 1939-45 Star: WO R W G CLARKE ATC
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