Clarence Peacock

Medals awarded

  • Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • Military Medal
  • General Service Medal with Palestine, Malaya & Cyprus clasps with Mentioned in Despatches oakleaf
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • Africa Star
  • Italy Star
  • France & Germany Star
  • Defence Medal
  • War Medal with Mentioned in Despatches oakleaf
  • Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953
  • Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
  • War Cross (Norway)

Medals are shown left to right, as per the bullet point list above.

Clarence Peacock is an outstanding figure in the history of the regiment.

He gained his Military Medal in what was then Palestine in 1938.  During the fighting in Norway in 1940 his coolness and courage under fire was recognized by the Norwegians with the award of the War Cross, the highest ranking Norwegian gallantry medal.

He earned his Distinguished Conduct Medal on 1st May 1945 when, during an attack near the German village of Buchen, with all his officers wounded, he assumed command and led the remainder of his Company in a successful attack, before ensuring the wounded were evacuated to safety.

Clarence died in Richmond in April 1958. The regard in which he was held by those who served with him, and the people of Richmond generally, was reflected by the hundreds who attended his funeral.

His obituary in the Green Howards Gazette said:
…he was indeed a true leader. His mark is burned deep on the Regiment and he will have a place for ever in the memories of the Green Howards.