Commander Heydor-Whetwissel holding his piece for the Chief Advocate
When called before the Board of Inquiry, convened to
address the Leather issue, Clive's persistent interruptions of Sir John Bladensburg's
rebuttal proved pivotal to his career. An unfortunate interpretation of the Chief
Advocate's admonishment and direct order to "keep still and Hold you piece" led
to Heydor-Whetwissel's immediate transfer to Egypt and serve under Sir John Maxwell.
Maxwell, "urged" by senior political advisors to placate the Serif of Cairo
and provide military intelligence on the Turks, placed Clive in charge or organizing an
"areo-squadron" to fulfill these tasks. This group of crack "aeromen"
were, under the cloak of deep secrecy, to provide all manner of detailed reports. Some of
these reports were actually read.