LIEUTENANT DANIEL CLACK
8 PL, C COY, 1 RIFLES
MARCH 25, 1987 – AUGUST 12, 2011
Lt Dan Clack’s final letter read, ‘Dear Mum, I must start by apologising for the pain you are going through now… I hope you take some comfort from knowing that I was always prepared to make this sacrifice.’
LIEUTENANT DAN CLACK was a much-loved son, boyfriend and brother.
He was also loved and respected by his men from the moment they met him. ‘He was the best young officer I’ve worked with,’ said his platoon serjeant, Darren Gornall. ‘I know when tragic events happen they always say that the person was outstanding, but in Dan’s case it really is the truth.’
Lt Clack was killed, aged twenty-four, by an IED packed with ball-bearings while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province.
His mother, Sue, and father, Martin, and some of those with whom he served, have been kind enough to tell Graham Bound the story of Dan’s life and death, and we are proud to be able to share it in our new book At The Going Down Of the Sun.
If you read nothing else today, you really should read the following two letters.
The first is the letter Dan Clack left for his fellow soldiers of The Rifles, to be opened only in the event of his death:
The second is the letter he left behind for his mum, Sue: