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Captain Thomas (Tom) Ellis Clarke, Army Air Corps, was from Cowbridge, Wales, was 30.

His Commanding Officer said of him:

"Captain Thomas Clarke was a fantastic young officer, full of life andimmensely committed to his soldiers and friends. In the short time hehad served in the unit he had proven to be an exceptional aviator andforthright leader who always placed himself at the centre of squadronlife. His loss will be keenly felt both at RAF Odiham and within thewider Army Air Corps. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his wife,family and friends at this most difficult of times".

The Commander for the deployed Lynx Detachment said:

"Captain Tom Clarke was a hard working, loyal and gifted aviator who wasa privilege to command. His brightness, character, humility and charmwill be remembered by all. He brought a smile to people's faces and Iwas fortunate enough to have worked with him at RAF Odiham as well as inAfghanistan. A rising star of the Army Air Corps his loss will bedeeply felt and I feel honoured and privileged to have called him afriend. He will be deeply missed by the Air Detachment and by hisSquadron. My thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife Angie and
his family and friends at this difficult time".

His family has paid the following tribute:

"We cannot express enough our devastation at the loss of a trulywonderful husband, son, brother and friend. Tom brought so muchhappiness and love to everyone he knew with his sparkling blue eyes andcheeky smile. He had an absolute passion for life and was the best partof us; we are all poorer today without him. 'We carry your heart, wecarry it in our heart'".

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British military casualties - Editorial policy

In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

There is invariably at least a 24 hour gap between the official release of news of an event and the naming of the dead. This is to allow families to be informed and proper eulogoies to be produced. Occasionally families request no euologies or comment. We abide by guidance we receive on such sensitive matters. We regret that information on those who sacrifice almost as much through grave injury is seldom released by the MoD for operational reasons, and so we are unable to pay tribute.

 

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