Thomas George Clarke

Thomas George Clarke of Altnamackin, Co. Armagh has no known grave. Serving in the Irish Guards, he died in Operation Market Garden on 17th September 1944.


Thomas George Clarke


On 17th September 1944, Guardsman Thomas George Clarke set off with XXX Corps down "Hell's Highway", bound for Valkenswaard as part of Operation Market Garden.

Guardsman Thomas George Clarke (2719127) served in 2nd Battalion Irish Guards during World War Two. Known as George, he was the son of James Clarke and Jane C Clarke (née Warnock) of Corkley, Altnamackin, Co. Armagh.

He died on 17th September 1944 aged 26 years old during 2nd Battalion’s push on to Valkenswaard as part of Operation Market Garden. His M4A4 Sherman Mark V came under fire on the main road to Valkenswaard, which became known as “Hell’s Highway”.

Thomas George Clarke has no known grave. His name is on Panel 3 of the Groesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. There are 6 Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves in Valkenswaard War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands belonging to personnel from Irish Guards who remain unidentified.