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Lord Clive

(1725—1774) army officer in the East India Company and administrator in India


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MARTIN, Clive (Haydn) (born 1935), DL; Chairman: Europa Publications Ltd, 1978–99; MPG Ltd (formerly Staples Printers Ltd), 1978–2009; Lord Mayor of London, 1999–2000

Windsor-Clive, Ivor Miles (1889 - 1943), PC 1929, Lord-Lieutenant of Glamorgan, 1923; DL Cos. Worcester and Salop; Sub-Prior, Order of St John of Jerusalem, 1943

PRATLEY, Clive William (1929 - 1996), Under Secretary, Lord Chancellor’s Department, 1976–85; Circuit Administrator: Midland and Oxford Circuit, 1976–82; North-Eastern Circuit, 1982–85; a Reference Secretary (reserve panel), Monopolies and Mergers Commission, 1990–92

Wigram, Clive (1873 - 1960), late 18th (KGO) Lancers; Col 19th (KGO) Lancers, Indian Army, 1932–45; Permanent Lord in Waiting and Extra Equerry to the Queen since 1952 (Permanent Lord in Waiting and Extra Equerry to King George VI, 1936–52)

Wilson, David Clive (born 1935), Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, 2002–08 (Hon. Fellow, 2008); Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge, 2005–08; President, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2008–11; Registrar, Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, 2001–10; Lord High Commissioner, General Assembly, Church of Scotland, 2010–11

Windsor-Clive, Robert George (1857 - 1923), PC; DL, JP, Lord-Lieutenant of Glamorganshire since 1890; High Steward of Cambridge University, 1919; Hon. Colonel of 2nd Glamorganshire Volunteer Artillery since 1890; of 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment since 1891; of 3rd Battalion Welsh Regiment

 

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(1725–74).

Soldier‐statesman who helped to secure British control over India. Born in Shropshire, he joined the East India Company in 1743. Eight years later, when war broke out between Britain and France in India, he volunteered for military service and, against all the odds, seized and held the city of Arcot. In 1756 he moved to Bengal, where the French‐supported Siraj‐ud‐Daula had taken Calcutta. Clive organized a small force to recapture the city in January 1757, but Siraj was still a major threat. Clive marched inland with no more than 3,200 troops to face Siraj's army of 50,000 at Plassey. The battle was fought on 23 June 1757; for the loss of only 23 men, Clive routed the enemy.

By now the undisputed master of Bengal, Clive returned to England in 1760, where he was raised to the Irish peerage as Baron Clive of Plassey (1762). He returned to India in 1765 as governor of Bengal, and introduced a series of reforms to company administration. Corruption remained, however, and in 1772 he was forced to defend himself before Parliament. Although exonerated, he committed suicide on 22 November 1774.

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