Sir Clive Johnstone

September  6th, 1963 May  12th, 2024
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Sir Clive Johnstone

Remembering Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone (rtd) KBE, CB

Sir Clive Johnstone sadly died on Sunday 12th May, aged 60.


Sir Clive assumed his role as the National President of the Royal British Legion in May 2023. He came from a family who served in the Royal Navy and British Army over many generations, and he served in the Royal Navy from 1985 to 2019. After his retirement from the military, he became Director of Strategy for BMT. Sir Clive was knighted in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.

The Royal British Legion and BMT welcome your contribution to honour his life and work through this book of condolence. 

To honour Sir Clive's memory and at the request of his family, contributions can be made to his most favourite charities - The Royal British Legion, The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and The SSAFA.
www.justgiving.com/team/sir-clive-johnstone-bmt-rbl

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June 15, 2024
Clive has been my mentor since my undergrad at Durham university. Never have I met such a kind, caring and charismatic man. Clive had time for everyone and always had quick-witted advice and a cheeky grin. We’ll remember him always. Sending love to his family xx
Beth Barratt
June 12, 2024
What a privilege to meet this wonderful man. As I watched events in Normandy last week it felt so strange that Clive was absent - all wrong somehow. Missed by many admired by All who were fortunate to meet him throughout his all too short life. RIP
Anna Baker Cresswell
June 10, 2024
First time at the RBL National Conference, what a lovely man, so down to earth, so impressed with his eagerness of his ideas
& straight forward talking ... so very sad to hear of his passing, condolences to his family, friends, & RBL family ... May he RIP ...

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Dianne Johnson
June 9, 2024
Members of the Mansfield Branch of the RBL send condolences to the family and friends of Sir Clive.

Sandra Bentley, secretary, Mansfield Branch RBL
Mrs Sandra Bentley
June 7, 2024
During the very recent D-Day Commemorations, we saw the selfless dedication of those who gave so much for the greater good. At Conference we saw a man who was selflessly dedicating himself to the greater good of the Royal British Legion and its beneficiaries.

After Sir Clive’s inspirational address on Saturday, it was so very sad to hear the news on Sunday.

Chairman Oxted & District Branch
Rob Cogan
June 5, 2024
On behalf of The Royal British Legion Suffolk, our sincerest condolences on the sad loss of a great man. He was our National President for little more than a year and during this time he had made his mark. His opening address at the National Conference was inspirational, this was made after a period of distress in the RBL since January this year. Clive, you promised us great leadership, but you left us too soon, Rest in Peace Great Man.
Ken Rowbottom
June 5, 2024
Clive was one of the greatest strategists of his era. He was a Distinguished naval officer and successful business person who gave his time and vast experience freely to support many charities. It was a privilege to have known such and intellect and gentleman.
May he rest in peace.
Graham
Professor Graham Wren
June 4, 2024
On behalf of the Cromer & District Branch in Norfolk, please accept our sincere and deepest condolences.
We wholeheartedly thank you for your service to our Armed Forces, and dedication to the Royal British Legion.

David Phillip-Pritchard
Secretary
Cromer & District.
David Phillip-Pritchard
June 4, 2024
I came to know Clive as an RBL colleague who made a brilliant contribution as our National President in all-too short a time. He is much-missed by all. He exemplified service to our country and our veterans. All loving sympathies to Clive's family. Patsy.
Patsy Wilkinson
June 3, 2024
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Sir Clive family and friends RIP.
T Griffiths ( veteran)
Terence griffiths
June 3, 2024
I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Clive's passing and offer my sincere condolences to his family.
Clive was part of my team in the Fleet HQ nearly 20 years ago; such an energetic, intelligent and thoughtful colleague. It was a privilege to have served with him.
David Snelson
June 2, 2024
My sincere condolences to the family.

RBL Tokyo Branch
Lowly Norgate
June 2, 2024
Deepest condolences from this former U.S. Air Force officer. R.I.P. and God bless, ‘til Valhalla. 🙏📿☦️🇬🇧🇺🇸🪖🎖️👲🏻💂🫡
Christian D. Orr
June 2, 2024
On behalf of the Llanidloes WRBL we wish to send our condolences to Sir Clive Johnstones family..
Janet Mary Hipgrave
May 31, 2024
I am deeply saddened to learn of Sir Clive's passing. He was an inspiration and please pass on my deepest condolences to his family.
John Plummer
May 30, 2024
True gentleman.was an honour and a pleasure working with him on BRITANNIA.R I P
Michael wiggy bennett RVM
May 30, 2024
Our condolences for Sir Clive to his family, friends, colleagues, comrades.
Thanks for your service Sir.

Susan Glover and Family.
Penarth/Cardiff Wales UK.
Susan Glover
May 30, 2024
The sincere condolences from Madley Branch RBL Hereford to our late President
Lt Col Clive lee
May 30, 2024
All the best for your life on the other side...
Bruno Nicol
May 29, 2024
Deeply saddened to hear of Sir Clive's passing. Our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.
A massive loss to us all.
God bless.
Rod Eglin
May 28, 2024
I had the privilege of serving with Clive in HMS BOXER. A more likeable and considerate fellow you could not wish for as a shipmate. Professional to the core his rise to Flag rank was easy to predict, even back then. He will be well remembered and my sincere condolences to go out to all his family. Rest well my friend
Clive Knott
May 28, 2024
We wish to extend our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sir Clive Johnstone.

E aroha nui atu ana ki a koutou i tenei wa
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you
High Commissioner Phil Goff & the High Commission
May 27, 2024
Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are sent to family and friends of Sir Clive at this difficult time, from members of Conisbrough & Denaby branch.
Sarah-Jane Hackett
May 27, 2024
On behalf of the Hornsea & District Branch we wish to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Sir Clive Johnstone (RN)
Martin Lewis
May 27, 2024
Sir Clive and I served in HMS COVENTRY together when I was the Flight Commander. He was a great officer and a true gentleman. A sad loss at such an age.
Keith Howorth
May 27, 2024
On behalf of the Offenham Branch, I send our deepest sympathies to Sir Clive's family and friends.
Corin Taylor
May 27, 2024
Our sincere thoughts and condolences are with Sir Clive’s family at this time. He will be remembered as a true friend to the New Zealand Defence Force and for the work he has done promoting veterans in his time with the RBL. Rest in peace.
Brigadier Jim Bliss, New Zealand Defence Attache
May 26, 2024
Our deepest condolences and prayers to Sir Clive's family. On behalf of the RBL Branch here in Fiji , rest well sir. Till that glorious morning .
Joeli leqa
May 26, 2024
Condolences to Sir Clive's family and friends at this sad and difficult time from Holyport and District Branch..
Mr Geoffrey Hayes
May 25, 2024
On behalf of the Upminster and Cranham Branch, I send our deepest sympathies to Sir Clive's family and friends.
Ian Thomson
May 25, 2024
On behalf of The Royal County of Berkshire Royal British Legion Women Section County Officers, Committee and Branches we expend our deepest sympathies for the loss of Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone. Your speech at National Conference epitomised the future of the Royal British Legion and we thank you for your devotion to the charity and the passion of your advocacy.
Sarah Moxon
May 24, 2024
So sorry to hear the sad news of Sir Clive’s passing he was a true gentleman and will be a great loss to the Royal British Legion. Our condolences go to Sir Clive’s family and friends RIP Sir . Ballymoney RBL.
William Allen Davenport
May 24, 2024
Sincere condolences to colleagues and family, from all at Team UK.
Louise Assioun
May 24, 2024
What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel honoured to have know Sir Clive even if only for a few months. My sincere condolences to Ali and the family.
Janet Talman
May 24, 2024
Sincere condolences to Sir Clive's family friends and colleagues.
R.I.P.
The Royal British Legion Burnham-on-sea Somerset
May 24, 2024
Sincere condolences from the Flitwick Branch of the RBL


Brian Davis
May 24, 2024
I had the privilege to have several conversations, both professional and private, with Sir Clive. I was truly humbled by his humanity, his love for his family and those in the Armed Forces Community. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. A true gentleman, stand easy, Sir.
Stuart Steel
May 23, 2024
Having been the County that was host to the Annual Conference over the weekend. I am aware that a number of our members met Sir Clive. . I would like to express on behalf of all members of Gwent County our deepest condolences to his family on the very sad news of his passing.
The shock of this terrible news was felt throughout the County may he Rest in Peace.
Mike JONES MBE
May 23, 2024
On behalf of all the members of the Llanfyllin Branch of the Royal British Legion, I wish to send sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sir Clive.
Martin Owen Beddoe
May 23, 2024
“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again,
and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” John 16:22

Dear Lady Alison, Phoebe and Emily,
Both my wife Susan and I were saddened to hear of Sir Clive’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. As a spiritual gift to your family, Sir Clive will be remembered in Lourdes, France with a Special Prayer Intention, with a Candle lit in the Grotto of Apparitions, and with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered in his name at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. His name will also be placed in the Book of Remembrance at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Virginia Beach, Virginia and a Votive Candle will be lit in his memory at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
“Eternal rest give unto him O Lord: and let perpetual light shine upon him.”
COL (R) Bill Davis, Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment and RBL Member
COL (R) Bill Davis, USA Special Forces
May 23, 2024
On behalf of Wiltshire,
Sincere condolences to Sir Clive's family, friends and colleagues .
R.I.P.
Malcolm McPhail
May 23, 2024
On behalf of all members at Claines branch in Worcester I would like to send our deepest condolences to Sir Clive's family and friends you are all in our thoughts at this sad time . May he rest in peace.
Steve Billings
May 23, 2024
Sincere condolences from Rye & District Branch to Sir Clive's family and friends. RIP Sir.
Neale East
May 23, 2024
My husband (Graham) and I attended the RBL Annual Conference in Newport recently and, like everyone else, were deeply shocked when we heard the very sad news about Sir Clive after we had returned home. We were inspired by his address to Conference on the Saturday, and his deep love for the RBL charity. He was comfortable chatting with delegates and sitting amongst the audience at Conference. Regrettably, due to the very large number of people attempting to say a personal Hello to him, we never got the chance. I particularly wanted to share my experience with him of working for over 50 years at both Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. I'm sure he knew a lot about the nuclear submarine programme. We would like to express our thoughts and prayers to his wife and family at this very sad time.
ENID BUCKLEY
May 23, 2024
Sutton Valence & District Branch members were sad to learn of the death of Sir Clive Johnstone and offer their sincere condolences to his family and friends
Royal British Legion, Sutton Valence District Br
May 23, 2024
I had the honour of working with Sir Clive in the hectic world of the fourth floor in MOD and then re-connecting at a friend's wedding last year only to find we'd both be working for RBL!
My condolences to his family and to the Naval Family he loved so much. Fair Winds shippers. x
Faye Smith
May 23, 2024
The Armed Forces Community HQ (Wigan) and I were deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the death of Sir Clive 12th May.

As a 1985 BRNC entrant, I remember Clive fondly and respectfully. He was always destined for high rank, he did not disappoint.

Our thoughts are with Sir Clive's family and closest friends.

God Bless, RIP
Charlie Neve
May 22, 2024
Sending sincere condolences to Sir Clive Johnstone family and friends
Rest in peace
Thanwarat Farline
May 22, 2024
On behalf of Shaw and Crompton Royal British Legion, we would like to offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Sir Clive. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sir Clive's family at this very sad time.
Julie Atkins
May 22, 2024
I am so sorry to hear of Sir Clive’s passing and wish to send my deepest sympathy to his family. Sir Clive gave selflessly of himself to those who served and defended our country and to their families. He made an enormous difference and will be deeply missed. MaybGod bless you.
Tim Farron MP
May 22, 2024
On behalf of the Hampshire RBLR, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and the RBL. Calm seas and fairwinds sir, your watch is done.
Neil Grant
May 22, 2024
On behalf of the Blaina Branch of the Royal British Legion we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sir Clive he was a great asset to the RBL and will be greatly missed by all.
Richard Hancocks
May 22, 2024
Sir Clive was the Captain of HMS IRON DUKE when I joined as a newly qualified Gunnery Officer. He was incredibly patient with me as I learnt my trade as a Warfare Officer and was a great mentor through some tough times during sea training. He will be missed.
Paul Russell
May 22, 2024
On behalf of the Regimental Association of the North Down Branch Ulster Defence Regiment we send our deepest condolences to the family friends Comrades & staff of Sir Clive. He will be greatly missed in many ways.
We are thankful for his wonderful contribution to the RBL.
Lest we forget.
Rosemary Craig JP BA LLB LLM
Hon Secretary
Rosemary Craig JP BA LLB LLM AFHEA
May 22, 2024
My elite Maureen and I had the pleasure of speaking to Sir Clive at our county conference earlier this year in lincolnshire, he was down to earth and very committed to the aims of the RBL
Terry butler
May 22, 2024
It was with great sadness we heard that Sir Clive had crossed the bar. In a short time, he had become a great favourite of the Branch and I know of the Legion as a whole. There are few in each generation of such remarkable people as was Sir Clive. I had the great privilege to join BRNC Dartmouth with him in September 1985 and I will sorely miss him.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with all at Headquarters and of course to Alison, Phoebe and Emily.

Lloyd's and City Branch
James Keith Broughton
May 22, 2024
I was privileged to meet Sir Clive at the RBL Conference in Newport. I was inspired by his address to Conference on the Saturday, and his deep love for our wonderful charity. He was comfortable chatting with delegates on the Conference hall floor and in the lobby. Like many I was shocked and in disbelief when I heard the news. Thoughts and prayers for his wife and family at this very sad time.
Martin Rowley BEM
May 22, 2024
On behalf of the Wath upon Dearne branch of the Royal British Legion, I would like to offer our sincere condolances for the passing of Sir Clive
Andrew Jones
May 22, 2024
A huge loss to the RBL family and the veteran community. My sincere condolences to Sir Clive's family in this time of sadness.
Susie Hamilton
May 22, 2024
Sincere condolences to Sir Clive's family from: The President, Chairman & all Members of the Driffield & District Branch.

R.I.P. "Sir Clive"

David Southall (Branch Chairman)
David Colin Southall
May 22, 2024
Sending sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sir Clive from all members if Windlesham RBL. Taken too soon and a grest loss to the Legion.
Danuta Allen (branch secretary)
May 22, 2024
Branch Chair, Steven Cubberley, and all Members of RBL Seend Branch send their sincerest condolences to the family, friends and all at Haig House following the sudden passing of our National President Vice Admiral (Retired) Sir Clive Johnstone KBE CB. Fair Winds, Sir Clive, and Thank You for your Service.
Steven Terence Cubberley
May 22, 2024
I had the pleasure of meeting Sir Clive on a couple of occasions, a true gentleman who was kind, caring and compassionate - it is a rare occasion to meet someone who inspires, motivates, cares and quite simply takes times, acts selflessly, for no other reason than to understand. I feel very fortunate to have benefited from his wise counsel. Such a loss to us all at the RBL.

Sir Clive spoke so lovingly of family and the importance of such and my thoughts are with them at this deeply sad time.

Rest in peace, Sir Clive - you made a difference.
Sharon Higgins
May 22, 2024
Branch President David Hawker and all Members RBL Rushden Branch sends its sincerest condolences to the family, friends and all at Haig House following the sudden passing of our National President Vice Admiral (Retired) Sir Clive Johnstone KBE CB.
Jake Baker
May 21, 2024
Sincere condolences to Sir Clive's family from all the members of Warwickshire and Birmingham County. He was a wonderful gentleman who will be greatly missed.
Gillian Guy
May 21, 2024
Sincere condolences on the sudden passing of Sir Clive for his wife daughters and wider family.
Kevin Quartley
May 21, 2024
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness, and for the short time that I knew Clive, that is exactly how he greeted everyone. He always gave time freely, for a meaningful conversation or a friendly exchange. I feel so privileged to have known him. Sunset and evening star - my thoughts and condolences are with Clive's family, and his wider military family, at this incredibly sad time. CJ.
Catherine Parums
May 21, 2024
Condolence's to all your family and friends, RIP Sir.......
Adam Satar Bayjoo
May 21, 2024
Clive was a wonderful man - one of the best. Guiding, mentoring and supporting wherever he could and regularly checking in to see how you were doing, that’s just who he was.

It has been an honour to work so closely with him during his time at the RBL. He gave so much to so many, me included, and I’ll forever be grateful for his support - both when I needed it, but also when I didn’t know I did. I feel very lucky to have known him even if it was just for a short while. This is such a huge loss and my thoughts are with Clive’s family and friends at such a difficult time.
Rachel Peers-Jones
May 21, 2024
The Royal Navy has lost one of itsfinest servants, one who promised so much in his service to the Royal British Legion. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Ali their daughters, Pheobe and Emily
bestwishesand thoughts from the Central Committee Royal British Legion Guernsey
mike spiller
May 21, 2024
The members of Cheam & Sutton RBL send their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sir Clive at this sad time
Cheam and Sutton RBL
May 21, 2024
My thoughts are with all who knew Sir Clive, worked with him and served with him, but more importantly to his family and friends. I didn't know him well, but a measure of the man is that he gave me his time on more than one occasion. A genuinely lovely chap, always ready for a chat, and a provider of guidance whenever it was needed. Thank you Sir Clive for the moments you gave me and the perfect and sage advice.
Matt Bowden
May 21, 2024
As the Branch Secretary, I would wish to pass on the heartfelt condolences of the membership of the Kippax and District Branch RBL. Our thoughts are with Family and friends at this time.
Mr Stephen Bottom
May 21, 2024
Condolence's to all the family circle form the Royal British Legion Riders Branch Northern Ireland Region, Rest in Peace.
Thomas Hill
May 21, 2024
Sleep well Sir I had the honour and privilege of serving with you on three occasions. Fair winds and Following winds
Colin (flo) Foord
May 20, 2024
A wonderful leader and gentleman. He brought great energy and enthusiasm for making all things better, whether that be business outcomes or the experience of all those around him.
His influence and positive footprint were extensive, reaching us all the way over here in Canada. He will be missed.
Condolences to all those saddened by his early passing, and in particular his family. R.I.P. Sir Clive.
Emily Spurling
May 20, 2024
Condolences to your loved ones and friends . RIP 🙏
Robert Joseph Bailey
May 20, 2024
RIP SIR FROM DOVER WHITE CLIFFS BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION TED SMITH VICE CHAIRMAN OF DOVER WHITE CLIFFS BRANCH
Ted Smith
May 20, 2024
Condolencies from the Houghton and Wyton Branch of the RBL.
Alan Williams
May 20, 2024
I served with Clive in HMS Coventry and we were neighbours in a Portsmouth marriage patch. I am deeply saddened by his passing as he was one of the nicest men you could wish to meet and was an outstanding Naval officer of great integrity and compassion. My sincere condolences to Alison and the family. He was taken too soon and will be sorely missed.
Nigel Langhorn
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