Born London in 1885, Clarence Bruce was succeeded to the title 3rd Baron Aberdare in 1929. A right-handed hard-hitting, middle-order batsman he attended Winchester School, before University. He represented Oxford University from 1905 to 1908, attaining blues in 1907 and 1908. He made his Middlesex debut in 1908 and played 62 times for the county until 1929. He scored 4,326 runs (av. 29.03) with a top score of 149 and he held 34 catches. An excellent rackets player he was the amateur champion in 1922 and 1931 and was doubles champion on ten occasions. He represented Oxford University at both rackets
and golf and for over 20 years worked for the International Olympic Executive. He also played cricket for Wales from 1925 to 1929. He died in 1957 motoring, near Kotor in Yugoslavia when he was drowned when the car he was travelling in went over a precipice into a river.