SEARLE, Clifford Frederick

Lance Sergeant
Royal Armoured Corps
Police Intake: 
Somerset Constabulary
Service number: 
Died : 
Saturday, July 11, 2015
LSgt Clifford Searle DCM 9 Commando
Lance Sergeant Clifford Searle, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during Operation Roast at Lake Comacchio, Italy [2].
On the 1st January 1973 Clifford Searle was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service [3].  He joined Somerset Constabulary in 1939. In 1942 he was one of the volunteers who formed the Police Intakes for Commando training at the CBTC. He was then attached to No 9 Commando serving with them for the remainder of the war. Post war he returned to the Somersetshire Constabulary and rose to become Chief Superintendent of the Bridgwater Division for many years. He retired from the Police in 1979. Clifford Frederick Searle DCM, QPM, died on 11th July 2015, aged 95 years [4 + 5].
[1] London Gazette 37386, page 6976. 
[2] National Archives file WO 373/14/577.
[3] London Gazette 45860, page 29.
[4] Nat. Assoc. of Retired Police Officers (Avon & Somerset Branch)
[5] CVA Gallery entry.

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