Martin Clemens

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Major Warren Frederick Martin Clemens CBE, MC, AM (17 April 1915 – 31 May 2009) was a British colonial administrator and soldier. In late 1941 and early 1942, while serving as a District Officer in the Solomons, he helped prepare the area for eventual resistance to Japanese occupation. His additional duties as coastwatcher alerted the Allies to Japanese plans to build an airstrip on Guadalcanal. This resulted in Allied carrier raids and eventually a landing by U.S. Forces and the beginning of the epic struggle in the Solomons. Clemens then directly served the U.S. Marines in coordinating intelligence on Japanese activities.

Early life

Martin Clemens was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He won scholarships to Bedford School and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he studied agriculture and natural sciences from 1933–1937., Sydney Morning Herald 15 July 2009.


In 1938, he joined the Colonial Service and was sent out to the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP). He served for three years in Malaita, and became a District Officer in 1941. With the coming of the Pacific War, Clemens volunteered for military service in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate Defence Force and was commissioned a Captain. After a short leave in Australia, Martin Clemens returned by ship to evacuate British and Chinese residents to Guadalcanal.

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