- Second World War (1939-1945)
- British Military Intelligence Section 9 (MI9), Directorate of Military Intelligence, War Office, British Government
- Awarded on:
- March 2nd, 1944
"Sgt Clements was a member of a party of parachutists dropped in Calabria in February 1941 to blow up an aqueduct, who were subsequently captured by the Italians. Shortly after capture they were taken to Camp 78, Sulmona, where Officers and Other Ranks were placed in separate compounds; no communications between them being allowed. Despite this regulation Sgt Clements, who took charge of the most secret communications with the Officers, and exchanged with them particulars of all secret messages to the War Office in selected Other Ranks' letters and later when the Officers were moved to another camp, was responsible for maintaining all communications between the camp and the War Office.
On 12 September 1943, following the Italian armistice, when all attempts to escape were strictly forbidden, Sgt Clements escaped to the hills. From there, on 14 September 1943, he watched the Germans enter the camp, and he then made up a party with Sgt Lawley and Private Rae, both of the Parachute Regiment. Pte Rae was unable to keep up and fell out at an early stage of the journey but Sgt Clements and Sgt Lawley continued walking as far as Morrone, their journey lasrting twenty two days. At Morrone, they hid up for a week until they were able to join the British Forces at Casacalendra on 13 October 1943. Throughout their escape Sgt Clements was in charge.
In view of his fine work of a secret nature which this NCO rendered in addition to his initiative in making his escape, I strongly recommend him for the award of DCM."
Prepared by the Director of Military Intelligence (Prisoners of War), January 1944.
(Transcripts of handwritten notes from the Assistant Military Secretary (AMS) to the Deputy Director Military Intelligence (Prisoners of War) annotated below the recommendation.)
"As you will see MS has agreed to a DCM. Sgt Clements name will be included in the next submission to the King." 25 Jan 1944.