In Memory of

Barbara Clarke

With great sadness, we mark the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Barbara Clarke. It is hard to convey the influence and importance of Barbara’s contribution to Defence during her 30 year career. Starting out in the Quality Assurance Directorate for Stores and Clothing before moving to Defence Clothing and, for the last 11 years, the Survivability Team in DE&S. She has influenced in some way almost every piece of clothing, protection and load carriage worn by our armed forces. The sheer variety is astounding, ranging from bear skins through to CBRN suits. 

An internationally renowned specialist in textiles, body armour fitment, protection and load carriage, she has been instrumental in the advances in the full range of UK body armour systems from OSPREY Mk1 through to the latest iteration of the world leading VIRTUS; being formally recognised by the DE&S CEO on 2 occasions.

As secretary for the NATO team on body armour testing her influence extended beyond the UK: to our allies, academia and industry. Beyond her significant contribution to the armed forces, she was passionate about developing others; she acted as a STEM ambassador, touring the country to promote opportunities for young engineers and giving her free time to evaluate STEM competition entries from school children. 

Barbara was always available to provide wise counsel, encouragement and answers to questions that no one else knew. Her passion, commitment and extraordinary personality will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, John, and son, Adam.

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Susie Luxton

Dear John and Adam, My sincere condolences to you both. Barbara was a great work colleague obviously fantastic at her job but also as a friend offering wise words or a bit of tough love when needed. She will be missed by us all. My thoughts are with you both. Susie …

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Michael Cook

My sincere condolences to you both John and Adam. Barbara was one of a kind and was taken from us all far to early.    …

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Matt Regan

Dear John and Adam, I first met Barbara in 2014 when I was posted into DCC and was part of the team bringing VIRTUS into service.  I must admit to finding Barbara a little bit difficult to work out at first which probably wasn’t helped by my many questions, and the fact that I …

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Denver Starkie

Dear John and Adam, Whilst only knowing Barbara for a short period of time, the warmth of her character and detailed knowledge was apparent immediately. I have been one of the many thousands of soldiers, who have benefited from Barbara’s passion for her work. Whether that be whilst being deployed overseas on exercises and …

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Ben Jackson

I sat next to Barbara for about 2 and a half years, mostly communicating through the gaps in the mountains of equipment that she surrounded herself with. Barbara’s passing was a huge shock to me and it’s not until I started to reflect on my friendship with her that I realised it’s the ways …

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Sarah Lyddon

Barbara was a wonderful woman, an inspirational colleague and a caring friend. She will be sorely missed. My heartfelt condolences to John and Adam, my thoughts are with you. …

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Laureen Phillips

Dear John and Adam, My heartfelt condolences to you and your whole family on passing of Barbara, a great Mum, wife, friend, colleague and fountain of knowledge. Our prayer and toughts are with you.   Lots of love, Laureen & James x …

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James Davis

Dear John and Adam, as I am sure you know, your Wife and Mum, Barbara, was a very special Lady. I am so sorry she was taken so soon and feel very privileged to have known her. Whether checking stitching, discussing work, travelling or having a drink, it was always a great pleasure spending …

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Richard McMahon

John and Adam, my sincere condolences to you. Barbara was a truly special person. I had the honour to work with Barbara for two years whilst I worked in Army HQ. I was really stuck by her passion and dedication to the job, her willingness to help anyone at anytime and her great and …

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Marcus Bruton

Dear John and Adam,   My sincere condolences for your loss, so unexpected and taken way too soon. I worked alongside Barbara for the best part of a decade and she was part of the core team that brought VIRTUS to life and delivered a world class load carriage and protection system. But Barbara’s …

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Michelle Platts

Barbara was a truly incredible person. She was always there to provide guidence and support if you needed it and was an amazing person to work with. She will be sadly missed but always remembered for her hard work and dedication to everything she did. Rest in peace Barbara xxx …

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Neil Smith

Fond memories of working with Barbara, she had such a dry sense of humour. I will always remember the banter she had with Mike & Aiden, when we worked together in Survivabilty, so funny. Rest in peace Barbara. …

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Si Farley

Dear John and Adam. I can’t begin to imagine how you feel. I am so sorry for your loss. I was lucky enough to spend time with your wife and mum when we worked together. We spent hours travelling and discussing the why’s and wherefores of body armour as well as the really important …

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Sophie Murzyn

Dear John and Adam I am so sorry for your loss, I was deeply saddened to hear of Barbara’s passing, she was a truly incredibly woman and Mum, taken too soon. I was lucky enough to spend many years working with Barbara, she really was the font of all knowledge and the backbone of …

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Lorna Thompson

Barbara was a true inspiration, a dear friend and work colleague with a heart of gold. My heart goes out to all her family and friends at this sad time. She will be greatly missed every day, but I will always look back over the years I knew her with a smile and joy at …

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Glen Stansfield

Dear John and Adam, so sorry to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Barbara as a colleague for a few years but she remained a friend long after. Her work was something she was rightly proud of and she also took a great interest in the people she worked with …

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Stewart Bradley

Like many of us, I had the privilege of working with Barbara for a only a couple of years but she made a lasting impression. She was my kind of Civil Servant as all her energy was put into providing the best equipment for our troops. What she didn’t know about load carriage systems …

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Heiner Gedon

Having heard of the unexpected passing of Barbara I felt really sorrowful. Because of her friendly and warm hearted behavior she was one of my unforgettable ambassadors of your country. Full of patience to all my language defience, full of enjoyment of life, full of curiosity on technology, the German life and the culture, …

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Nicky Mott

Dear John and Adam, please accept my sincerest condolences on your recent and sad loss of Barbara. Although I only had the pleasure of working alongside Barbara for a few years, not only did she share her knowledge and vast experience of Personal Load Carriage Equipment, in support of all deployed service personnel, at …

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Paul Longwell

So sorry to hear the news about Barbara. I had the opportunity to work with Barbara for a short period, however during this time she left a lasting impression on me. Her willingness to help and provide honest advice was really helpful and something I will always remember her for. 🙏 …

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Mike Batty

Dear John and Adam None of us will miss Barbara as dearly as you.  I have had the pleasure of working alongside Barbara and calling her a friend since 2014.  Barbara was always keen to share her knowledge and she was passionate about ensuring the soldiers on operations got the best possible protection and …

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Yoki Gill

Dear family, friends and colleagues of Barbara, I believe it is unusual to see a supplier here. This is how special Barbara was. She was part of our MOD team, a true subject matter expert, a real team player, fun to be with and to work with, open minded to new ideas, and above …

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Jenny Tromans

I only knew Barbara for a short time but in this short time I was able to experience what a kind, nurturing, funny and intelligent woman Barbara was. She always had time to help and support her colleagues no matter how busy she was with her own work and her knowledge and enthusiasm made …

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Nick Bradshaw

Not only was Barbara exceptionally skilled in her field, she brought fun and an infectious smile to the office. With rarely an angry word spoken, she was determined to ensure the our Armed Forces were comfortable in a range of tasks they conduct on a day to day basis. Such a shock that she …

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Tracey Worthy

Your sudden passing Barbara has touched our lives and hearts dear colleague. Always helpful, full of fun, and your knowledge is an inspiration. You will be greatly missed Tracey xx …

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