Maj. Clark Edmond John "Spots" Leaphard MC

(S/N 164608)

Lt. Clark Edmond John “Spots” Leaphard, formerly of Reconnaissance Corps R.A.C and No.12 Commando, was posted to No.6 Commando from 30th May 1943 . He was promoted to Captain and was in command of No.6 Troop on D-Day, and was again promoted to Major on 24th June 1944 , to take effect from w.e.f. 12th June 1944.

His brother Capt. Marshall Leaphard was KIA in January 1945.

Maj. Clark Leaphard is known to still be in command of No.6 Troop in August 1944 during the battle for Angloville Heights.

In May 1945, Maj. Clark Leaphard was awarded the Military Cross.

Maj. Clark Leaphard stayed on in the army as a career soldier until the age of 55 years, and then took on a role with the United Nation’s ‘Save the Children’ fund in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.  Eventually he became a Budhist and lived out the final years of his life in a monastery.

He passed away at Udin Thani, Thailand on 14th December 1996.