Clyde enlisted as a private in 1943 at the age of 18 years, and following his release from the Canadian Army (Active) in 1945 enrolled at Acadia University. He re-enlisted as a private in the signal corps in 1947 and returned to Acadia University as an officer cadet in 1949. He was commissioned in 1951 following his graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree and joined the Royal Canadian Regiment. Clyde served with the RCR in Korea and Canada until 1954, and in 1957 transferred to The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada,
serving with the 1st Battalion until 1959 when he was posted to Headquarters Eastern Command “I” Staff. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in October 1959.
Clyde married Eileen Marjorie Daniels in 1945 and they had three children.
Clyde died 13 August 1960, aged 34, and is buried in Fairview, Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.