OB Lieutenant Daniel John Clack killed in Afghanistan
It is with sadness that we report the death of OB Daniel Clack (1998-2005) while serving in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Clack of C Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES), was killed in action on Friday 12 August 2011.
He was killed while leading a ten-man patrol into the village of Dactran to speak to the local nationals and discuss a shura due to take place the next day. His death occurred when his patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device, killing Lieutenant Clack and injuring five other members of the patrol.
Dan was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 with C Company, 1 RIFLES, in command of 8 Platoon. He was a pupil at Bancroft’s from 1998-2005, during which period he was in the School CCF, serving as senior NCO in 2005. Mr Jeremy Bromfield has described Dan as “one of the best” saying, “He had an excellent career at Bancroft’s and was highly respected by staff and peers alike. He was a leader of the highest quality and integrity.”
After School,he read Geography at Exeter University before joining The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2009 and was commissioned into The Rifles in April 2010. Mr Bromfield met Dan shortly before his deployment to Afghanistan in the spring, when he was looking forward to putting all his training into practice. Mr Bromfield said, “He knew the risks but his only concern was whether he would be up to the mark as a platoon commander. On that score I had no doubts and my confidence has been confirmed by the moving tributes paid by his comrades in arms. We can ill afford to lose men of his calibre.”
Letters of condolence can be sent for forwarding to his family via:
The Rifles (London Office)
52-54 Davies Street