Coldstream Guards


Sgt Anthony Metcalf Aged 28. Shot dead by a sniper while in the Creggan Heights Security Forces Base in Londonderry on the 27.08.1972.


Guardsman Robert Pearson Aged 19. Ambushed by snipers and killed along with Guardsman Michael Shaw while on mobile patrol in Cupar Street, Lower Falls, West Belfast on the 20.02.1973.


Guardsman Michael Shaw Aged 23. Ambushed by snipers and killed along with Guardsman Robert Pearson while on mobile patrol in Cupar Street, Lower Falls, West Belfast on the 20.02.1973.


Guardsman Michael Doyle Aged 20. Shot dead by a sniper while on guard duty at the Whiterock SF Base in West Belfast on the 21.02.1973.


Guardsman Anton Brown Aged 20. Shot dead by a sniper while on foot patrol in the Ballymurphy Area of West Belfast on the 06.03.1974.


Captain Anthony Pollen Aged 27. Attached to another unit and was shot dead while on a covert operation in the Bogside Area of Londonderry on the 24.04.1974.


L/Cpl Simon Ware Aged 22. Killed in a Landmine explosion while on foot patrol near Cullyhanna, County Armagh on the 17.08.1991.

[ Simon on his Wedding Day ]

Below is a true story about two brother's ... L/Cpl Simon Ware ... who was killed 17th August 1991 and his Brother Darren who wrote a book about his Brother.

When my brother was killed in 1991 I created a large scrap book with all the info I had gathered. This included newspaper articles, statements from the soldiers, photos, coroner’s report, police reports and much, much more. Every year on the anniversary of his death I would go through the scrap book as a reminder. Soon I thought that I could do better and take it a stage further and put his story into a book. And that’s when it all began. I spent many hours over the years on and off, writing my story ... read more here

A Rendezvous With The Enemy: My Brothers life and death in the Coldstream Guards in Northern Ireland. Published Aug 5th 2010 by www.helion.co.uk  Amazon link Helion link Waterstones Link

An extract from the book I led the patrol of eight soldiers on a routine foot patrol as I exited the rear of Strabane RUC station just after 11pm on Friday April 3rd 1992. I infiltrated the northern part of the town using the remote rural area as my cover in an effort not to be compromised too soon. The route took me along Church Street leading downhill into the town centre to Meetinghouse Street; it was a very busy evening being a Friday. As I passed the large graveyard to my right, with its church nestled in amongst the darkened grounds and high walls, the ambient streetlights illuminated the busy Friday night town. A figure in the alleyway to my left fifteen metres in front drew my attention as he fumbled around near to parked vehicles amongst the darkened shadows. I halted the patrol and observed him for a few seconds through the SUSAT sight on top of my weapon, which afforded me an amount of magnification. Trying to make out the identity of the figure my suspicions were confirmed when I recognised the male as a known IRA terrorist, and my actions during the night which followed were to save lives…….. Chapter One ‘Hard times, terrorists and bombs’.