2nd Lt Hugh Desmond Clevely. RAF

1897 Dec 19 Born Warwick.

1901 census at Abbey Hotel, Abbey Hill, Kenilworth

1911 census at Broadhurst and Grammar School , Skelmersdale Road, Clacton - on - Sea. Probably related to the Head Teacher.

1914 Nov 5. Bank clerk in Lloyds Bank, Coventry to 9 Apr 1915

1915 Apr 13 Enlists in Grenadier Guards

1917 Mar 17 Posted to France

1917 Aug 6. Wounded and returned to UK

1918 Mar 12 Transfers to RFC

RAF Record

1918 Oct 29. The undermentioned Flight Cadets are granted temp, commns. as 2nd Lts. Hugh Desmond Clevely

1919 Apr 8. Relinquishes his commission on ceasing to be employed. 2nd Lt. H. D. Clevely

1921 Jun 1. Joined ADRIC with service no 2012. Posted to Q Coy

1922 Jan He appears to have still been serving in ADRIC on demobilisation

1922 Mar 28. Then joins the British Gendarmerie section of the Palestine Police as a Sergeant

1924 Sep 30. Reserve of Air Force Officers. The undermentioned are granted commissions on probation in the General Duties Branch, in the ranks stated. Pilot Officers. Hugh Desmond CLEVELY.

1925 Spring - he leaves the Palestine Gendarmerie.

On his return from the East he found himself without either a job or money, his most prized possession being an old type writer, which he carried about with him wherever he went. During this depressing period, Mr. Clevely lived for three months on 7/6 a week, in a disused furniture van in the mid dle of a Sussex wood, doing his cooking on three bricks in the open air. These experiences, though trying at times, have proved invaluable, as Mr. Clevely has had the advantage of having actually lived through so many or the incidents described in his novels. "Further Outlook Unsettled"

He became a prolific writer of novels

As Hugh Clevely

 As Tod Claymore

1929/1936 on Electoral Roll in Paddington, London

1933 Jan 5. A syndicated article in an Australian paper - Camperdown Chronicle. on his life

Hugh Clevely, author of "Hell to Pay," "Gang Law," and numerous other adventure stories has led an eventful and varied existence. At the age of seventeen he ran away from home and joined the Grenadier Guards and spent nearly three years on active service with them in France. At the conclusion of the war he spent two years in an engineering works, and after that became a sergeant in the British Palestine Gendarmerie. On his return from the East he found himself without either a job or money, his most prized possession being an old type writer, which he carried about with him wherever he went. During this depressing period, Mr. Clevely lived for three months on 7/6 a week, in a disused furniture van in the middle of a Sussex wood, doing his cooking on three bricks in the open air. These experiences, though trying at times, have proved invaluable, as Mr. Clevely has had the advantage of having actually lived through so many or the incidents described in his novels. "Further Outlook Unsettled"

(Hutchinson and Co., London), this popular author's latest novel, is certainly full of sensational happenings; which you are plunged into, metaphorically speaking, on the first page. The hero greets, with great imperturbably, the discovery of finding himself engaged to a girl whom he has never met. within the first few hours of his arrival in England. With superb nonchalance he frustrates the band of crooks dogging his foot steps, and also clears himself of the suspicion of his being a murderer. "The Doctor'1 is an unusual and ar resting type of villain, and Chief In spector Williams is as ingenious as ever. Decidedly a breath-taking novel, and it would not be incorrect to quote what has already been said, that "Hugh Clevely writes thrillers, that are 'different.' " ;

1936 May 22. He arrives in New York from UK. Puts his sister Miss V Clevely as next of kin. He is a Novelist.

1936 Jun 29. Arrives in UK from New York. An Author living at Gloucester Terrace, London

1936. Oct/Dec Married in Kensington to Vanda J P Benson

1939 Aug 31 . The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and promoted to the rank of Flying Officer. Hugh Desmond CLEVELY (72627).

1945 Jan 1. An Acting Wing Commander is MID

1954 May 25. Relinquishes the commission that he held during the emergency . Squadron Leader, retaining the rank of Wing Commander

1964 Apr/Jun Died Poole Dorset aged 66. He was discovered in a weir on the River Stour, covered in blood, but the mystery of his death was never solved

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