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Funeral of Army Pilot Capt Thomas Clarke

By kateclarke  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

By Kate Clarke

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The funeral of an Army pilot who died when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan is to take place today, at 1pm.

Capt Thomas Clarke, 30, from Cowbridge, was killed along with four others in April.

His funeral procession will stop at the war memorial in the town for a flag-lowering ceremony en route to a service at the Holy Cross Church. A private ceremony will take place at Coychurch crematorium.

Capt Clarke was one of the Army Air Corps pilots of a Lynx helicopter which came down in Kandahar province, 30km from the border with Pakistan. He has been described by army superiors as an exceptional aviator and forthright leader

The other victims were Warrant Officer Class 2 Spencer Faulkner, Cpl James Walters from the Army Air Corps and RAF intelligence officer Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing and The Ministry of Defence has said the accident happened during a routine flight.

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