Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2011, Lieutenant Daniel John Clack, 1st Battalion, the Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan. He had been leading a patrol into the village of Dactran when they were hit by an IED, which killed him and injured five members of his patrol.
Lieutenant Clack had joined the army two years earlier, after studying at Exeter University, working in Switzerland at a ski resort and attending the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. Apart from being a keen skier, he was also outstanding at rugby and represented the R.M.A. as well as his battalion. He deployed to Afghanistan four months before his death, and commanded Checkpoint Shaparak, in the district of Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. Tributes speak of his integrity, loyalty and empathy, qualities which made him popular with, and respected by, those with whom he served.
Lieutenant Marcus Denison said of him: “Dan was a fantastic friend and a great officer. Since arriving in battalion he showed his dedication to his men and his profession to a level that I have admired greatly. He was an immensely popular young officer and a great addition to the subalterns in the mess. He will be sorely missed by all of us. Dan achieved the most difficult status amongst the men: that of being both respected and liked. His platoon in particular have been hit hard by his loss but, as Dan would have wanted, they have already begun to push on with the job that Dan had so wholeheartedly dedicated himself to. I am proud to have known him and honoured to have served with him. Swift and Bold, Dan, Swift and Bold.”
Dan, from London, was 24 years old.