A younger brother’s poignant tale of how a soldier was murdered by terrorists during ‘The Troubles’ has been published almost two decades after his death.
‘A Rendezvous with the Enemy: My Brother’s Life and Death in the Coldstream Guards in Northern Ireland’ is Darren Ware’s personal tribute to his only brother Simon.
Darren, of Clayton-le-Moors, was a Royal Green Jacket for 10 years and now serves on Lancashire Police’s Armed Response Unit.
Simon Ware was killed by an IRA landmine in South Armagh in August 1991 while on rural foot patrol. Aged 22, he had been married to Carol for just five months, and spent a mere two days with his new bride before returning to service.
After his death Darren began to compile a large scrapbook containing cuttings, statements, photos, and police and coroner’s reports. These form the basis of his 70,000 word account, along with research on internet military websites, accounts of his visit to Simon’s former base at Bessbrook Mill, and reports from over 60 soldiers who knew of the incident. He also visited the scene of the explosion and even stood in the exact spot where his brother had died 12 years earlier, the crater still clearly visible.
The book, which Darren says is a personal account rather than a ‘political’ statement, also includes a chapter from Simon’s widow Carol. Darren, 39, explained: "Mainly it’s Simon’s story, the circumstances of his death and there’s a little bit in there about my background. I was mindful that the conflict was coming to an end and in a few years’ time it is going to be forgotten about.
"I always felt an immense sense of anger towards the terrorists. They killed thousands and thousands of people over there and they killed my brother. It wasn’t a case of hating the Irish people; it was hating the terrorists who murdered him."
Darren’s book has been published by www.helion.co.uk and is also available online at all major retailers – including Waterstones, WH Smith, Tesco and Amazon.