Lest We Forget – Thomas Rutter Clark

| January 29, 2015

British Second World War veteran, Tom Clark passed away on January 24 at age 94.

On June 6, 1944, Tom had landed in Saint-sur-Mer, with “A” Troop, No. 48 Royal Marine Commando. Tom Clark was awarded the British Military Medal:

“Assisted Lieutenant Mackenzie to rally A Troop on the beach under fire in very trying circumstances, when he showed high qualities of leadership, calmness and determination. He was always well forward in the street fighting in Langrune in the last stages of which he handled the 2 inch mortar team under fire with disregard for his own safety. He gave the troop a fine example throughout the action.”

Tom lived in Spain and was a regular visitor to France for the June commemorations, accompanied by his wife Lesley. He was one of the last soldiers of the 48th Royal Marine Commando who took part to the D-Day landings, on the Eastern flank of Juno Beach, alongside Canadian troops.

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