Wednesday, 29 March 2017
logo
Up-to-the-minute perspectives on defence, security and peace
issues from and for policy makers and opinion leaders.
        



dv-header-dday
     |      View our Twitter page at twitter.com/defenceredbox     |     

inmemoriam

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 and immensely committed to his soldiers and friends. In the short time he had served in the unit he had proven to be an exceptional aviator and forthright leader who always placed himself at the centre of squadron life. His loss will be keenly felt both at RAF Odiham and within the wider 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 was a privilege to command. His brightness, character, humility and charm will be remembered by all. He brought a smile to people's faces and I was fortunate enough to have worked with him at RAF Odiham as well as in Afghanistan. A rising star of the Army Air Corps his loss will be deeply felt and I feel honoured and privileged to have called him a friend. He will be deeply missed by the Air Detachment and by his Squadron. 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 truly wonderful husband, son, brother and friend. Tom brought so much happiness and love to everyone he knew with his sparkling blue eyes and cheeky smile. He had an absolute passion for life and was the best part of us; we are all poorer today without him. 'We carry your heart, we carry it in our heart'".

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Latest from icasualties.org

  • KP- 23 arrested in connection to deadly Kabul military hospital attack
    At least twenty three people have been arrested in connection to a deadly attack on main military hospital in Kabul, Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital. The Minister of Defense Abdullah Habibi informed regarding the arrest of the individuals as he was briefing the lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament.
  • KP- Taliban insurgent admits beheading of civilians after joining peace
    A Taliban insurgent who has joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan has confessed that they have butchered innocent civilians. A group of eighteen Taliban insurgents have joined peace renouncing violence in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
  • KP- MoD confirms arrest of senior Afghan army general over corruption
    A senior Afghan Army General and the former commander of the 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in the South has been arrested on charges of corruption. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman Dawlat Waziri confirmed that General Mohammad Moein Faqir has been arrested on charges of embezzlement of funds and misuse of the authority.
  • Pajhwok- 16 ANA soldiers killed, wounded in Kandahar clash
    Sixteen Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and four others wounded during a clash in the Khakrez district of southern Kandahar province, a reliable sources said on Tuesday. A security official, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan New the clash erupted Monday night when militants stormed security forces check-posts in the district.
  • KP- Taliban’s most senior leader killed in East of Afghanistan
    One of the most senior leader of the Taliban group has been killed during a special military operation in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan. Provincial governor’s spokesman confirmed that Nasir Ahmad was killed during an operation in Qarghai district of Laghman last night.
  • KP- Taliban commanders among 21 killed in Helmand airstrikes
    At least twenty one Taliban insurgents including two of their local commanders were killed in a series of airstrikes in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Taliban commanders killed in the airstrikes have been identified as Mullah Toryali and Mullah Ahmad who was also famous as Zabiullah.
  • KP- Suicide attack foiled in Kabul city
    The Afghan security forces have foiled a plot by the anti-government armed militants to carry out a suicide in capital Kabul. The 101st Asmayee Zone of the Afghan National Police said the security forces confiscated eight kilograms of explosives and ball bearings professionally packed for the attack.

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.

 

Cookies
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Defence Viewpoints website. However, if you would like to, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. You may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. Please note that you will lose some features and functionality on this website if you choose to disable cookies. For example, you may not be able to link into our Twitter feed, which gives up to the minute perspectives on defence and security matters.