Clive Law Tribute

Clive Law at his best

Clive at his Best


Clive Law #2808

1954 - 2017

The Military Collectors' Club of Canada announced the passing of Clive Law on June 10, 2017.

Clive Law was born in London England, on May 14, 1954, emigrated to Canada in 1958 and became a Canadian citizen on March 5, 1971. He attended Bishop's College School where he participated in the Cadet movement, attaining the rank of Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major.

Clive began his military service as a "Corporal Call-Out" Staff Cadet on the establishment of the Regiment de Maisonneuve in June 1971. From September 1972 to April 1974 he was an Cadet Instructor List Officer with 2675 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps affiliated to 3rd Field Regiment (Royal Canadian Engineers). He officially enrolled in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve on 23 May 1974, as an officer of the Governor General's Foot Guards. In 1976, he completed the Unit NBC Officer and Basic Parachutist courses before transferring to the Supplementary List in June 1976. Following military service, Clive continued in a career of public service as a senior public servant for the Government of Canada working with Global Affairs, the RCMP and was the current Executive Director, Compliance and Response for Transport Canada.

Clive actively pursued a lifelong love of militaria and military history with a focus on the Canadian Army and coupled with a passion for learning, developed into a reputable and respected collector, researcher, and writer. In 1991, Clive's pursuits and passions culminated in the establishment of Service Publications a company devoted to researchers of artefacts and the publication of books and periodicals on Canadian military history. From its humble beginnings, Service Publications had grown to provide an invaluable venue for other researchers and writers to collaborate in or personally pursue researching, writing and publication. Under the umbrella of Service Publications, Clive had authored and co-authored 12 books and including collaborations and works by various authors, edited, and published over 100 additional titles.

Clive was active in many Canadian and international military research groups and organizations and the recipient of several merit and honorary awards. A summary of Clive's principle memberships, achievements and awards are as follows:


Military Collectors' Club of Canada (MCC of C)

  • Active member with 22 years continuous service (1995)
  • 15 Year Long Service Medal 2011;
  • Merit Medal with 1 Bar;
  • Executive Board Service as current Webmaster 2015 - 2017

Company of Military Historians (CMH)

  • Active member of the CMH for over 25 years;
  • 2005 elected Governor and Fellow;
  • 2005 awarded Loren Miller Medal for his AGM display Uniforms of the Canadian Guards, Providence, Rhode Island.

Canadian Association of Veterans of UN Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) - Ottawa Chapter

  • Current President

Swords & Ploughshares Museum

  • Current Director

Lower Canada Arms Collectors Association (LCACA);

National Automatic Pistol Collector's Association (NAPCA);

Organization of Military Museums of Canada (OMMC);

Bytown Militaria Collectors Association (BMCA).


Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

  • 2003, awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to society, including recognition of his publishing accomplishments. Presented by Dr. Serge Bernier, Director, History and Heritage at the Department of National Defense.

St. John Ambulance

  • 2010 inducted, Serving Member, Order of St John, for role in establishing St John Ambulance First Aid, as the standard of the Haitian National Police.

UN medal for United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (UNSTAMIH)

  • 2010, presented with the UN medal UNSTAMIH with numeral 2, for deployed to Haiti in support of operations conducted following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

  • 2012, awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to society. Presented by Richard Pound, Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Grenadier Guards.

Award of Excellence

  • 2014, received an Award of Excellence from the Minister of Veterans Affairs for his participation in Remembrance Day activities throughout Ottawa and having assisted in planning the annual Peacekeeper's Day parade since 2012.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation

  • 2015, received a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, in recognition of his military and public service, support of veterans and contributions to Canadian military history. Presented by Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs.


With the passing of Clive Law on June 10, 2017, the Military Collectors' Club of Canada, and the hobby of militaria in Canada has lost a true friend and champion. In the last 20 years, the impact that Clive has had on and within Canadian military history and the hobby of militaria in Canada is immeasurable. A quick glance at the titles of the reference books on the shelves of collectors and researchers bear witness that his legacy will live on. He will be greatly missed.

Submitted by Martin Urquhart (#3406)