Cresswell Clementi

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Cresswell Clementi

Born(1918-12-30)30 December 1918
British Guiana
Died26 August 1981(1981-08-26) (aged 62)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service1938–1974
RankAir Vice Marshal
Commands heldNo. 214 Squadron (1946–1948)
RAF Bassingbourn (1958–1961)
No. 19 Group (1968–1969)
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches
Susan Pelham
(m. 1940⁠–⁠1981)
  • Christopher Pelham Clementi (son)
  • Nancy Tribe (daughter)
  • David Clementi (son)
RelationsCecil Clementi (father)
Marie Penelope Rose Eyres (mother)

Air Vice Marshal Cresswell Montagu Clementi CB, CBE (30 December 1918 – 26 August 1981) was a senior Royal Air Force (RAF) commander.


Clementi was the son of Cecil Clementi and Marie Penelope Rose Eyres. He was born on 20 December 1918 in British Guiana during his father's posting there as Colonial Secretary (1913–1922). He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1939, and was granted a permanent commission in the RAF in 1946. He attended the British nuclear tests in 1958 at Christmas Island. He retired in 1974. He was Master of the Mercers' Company in 1977.[1][2]

He was on the governing body of Abingdon School from 1979 to 1981.[3]


Clementi married Susan Pelham (1918–2006) in 1940 and had three children:

  • Christopher Pelham Clementi (1943–)
  • Nancy Clementi (1946–) – married Peter Lambert Tribe in 1972
  • Sir David Clementi (1949–) – British banker and recently[when?] stepped down as chairman of Prudential plc.


  1. ^ "Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900–1975". King's College London.
  2. ^ "Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation AVM C M Clementi". RAF.
  3. ^ "Letter from the Headmaster" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
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