Alan Clark Biography

Alan Clark was Member of Parliament for Kensington and Chelsea. Read on to know more about Alan Clark ’s profile, childhood, life and timeline in this biography.

Alan Clark

Quick Facts

Gender: Male
Birthday: 13 April 1928
Died: 05 September 1999
Nationality: British
Sun Sign: Aries
Education: Christ Church, Eton College

Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark served as the junior minister at the Department of Trade, Employment and Defense in Margaret Thatcher’s government. His three volume diaries accounts for the political life that was served under the government formed by Thatcher. In 1991, he became a privy counselor and wrote several books regarding the history of military. He was a prominent personality mainly known for his good humor sense.

Early Life & Career

Alan Clark was the elder son of Kenneth Clark, an art historian and Elizabeth Winifred Martin. He went to St. Cyprian’s School, Eastbourne when he was nine years old and was one among the seventy children to be escaped luckily when the school caught fire in May, 1939. Due to this unexpected fire problem, Alan Clark was sent to ‘Cheltenham College Junior School’. Later, Clark acquired Territorial training in Windsor and attended Christ Church, Oxford. ‘The Donkeys’ was Clark’s first written book which narrated the history of operations of the British forces which were directed towards the Western Front towards the beginning of First World War. The subjects of Clark’s works were mostly revolved around his family friend, Lord Lee who belonged to Fareham. Clark constantly sought Basil Liddell Hart’s (historian) opinion in various stages of development of his work and he gave constant feedbacks on Clark’s works. But, after Liddell Hart went through the draft of Clark’s works, he felt Clark was getting careless with his works. After Clark’s works were published, he was criticized by Haig supporters and historians such as Hugh Trevor-Roper, Robert Blake and John Terraine. Clark also studied in detail about the First World War & Second World War and wrote about them. During February 1974 elections, Clark was elected the ‘MP for Plymouth Sutton’. Clark acquired his first ministerial posting for the ‘Department of Employment’ in 1983 as a ‘Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State’. Three years later, he was promoted as the ‘Minister of Trade and Industry’ and became ‘Minister of Defense Procurement’ in 1989 at the ‘Ministry of Defense’. After Margaret Thatcher came down from power, Clark also decided to leave the Parliament, but soon regretted this decision as he was getting very bored with life outside politics. He returned to Parliament and became a member of Kensington and Chelsea during the elections of 1997. Alan Clark died due to brain tumor in 1999.

Famous Quotes

In the end we are all sacked and it's always awful. It is as inevitable as death following life. If you are elevated there comes a day when you are demoted. Even Prime Ministers.
There's nothing so improves the mood of the Party as the imminent execution of a senior colleague.
The more you know about a species, the more you understand about how better to help protect them.
There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water.
They're just actors. I much prefer the real thing!

Media Representation

Alan Clark’s name was mentioned by John Hurt in 2004 in ‘The Alan Clark Diaries’ along with Clark’s wife regarding a controversy which was revolving around his original publication. Hence, once again after his death, his name found its mention in the UK media. Also, an autobiography of Alan Clark written by Ion Trewin who also edited his diaries was also circulated in 2009, September.

Major Works

Diaries: Three volumes 1972-1999
Volume 1 Diaries: In Power 1983-1992 (1993)
Volume 2 Diaries: Into Politics 1972-1982 (2000)
Volume 3 Diaries: The Last Diaries 1993-1999 (2002)
The Donkeys, A History of the British Expeditionary Force in 1915 (1961)
The Fall Of Crete (1963)
Barbarossa: The Russian-German Conflict 1941-45 (1965)
The Suicide of Empires (1971)
Aces High, The War in the Air Over the Western Front 1914-18 (1973)
The Tories: Conservatives and the Nation State 1922-1997 (1998)
Backfire, A Passion for Cars and Motoring (2001)
Summer Season: A Novel
The Lion Heart: A tale of the war in Vietnam

Awards And Achievements

The Hon. Alan Clark (1969–1974)
The Hon. Alan Clark MP (1974–1991)
The Rt Hon. Alan Clark MP (1991–1992)
The Rt Hon. Alan Clark (1992–1997)
The Rt Hon. Alan Clark MP (1997–1999)


1928: 13 April, Alan Clark was born in Lancaster Gate, London.
1937: Went to St. Cyprian’s School, Eastbourne.
1939: His school caught fire.
1974: February, elected as the ‘MP for Plymouth Sutton’
1980s: Mid ranking positions of the ministry, though he was a personal favorite of Margaret Thatcher
1983: Acquired his first ministerial posting for the Department of Employment as a ‘Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State’
1989: Promoted as the ‘Minister of Trade and Industry’ and became Minister of Defense Procurement
1991: Became a privy counselor
1997: Returned to Parliament and became member of Kensington and Chelsea
1999: 5 September, Clark passed away

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June 10, 2019

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