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The Hero Inside P H OTO G RA P H S BY G I LL S H AW

Foreword by Ross Kemp


Private Derek Derenalagi 2nd Mercian Regiment

The Hero Inside P H OTO G RA P H S BY G I LL S H AW


Private Derek Derenalagi 2nd Mercian Regiment

The Hero Inside P H OTO G RA P H S BY G I LL S H AW


The Hero Inside P H OTO G RA P H S BY G I LL S H AW


The Hero Inside P H OTO G RA P H S BY G I LL S H AW


Preface by Bryn Parry Co-Founder Help for Heroes

Gill Shaw would like to thank Bryn & Emma Parry Mark Elliott and all the staff from Help for Heroes Copyright © 2009 Quiller Publishing Ltd Photographs copyright © 2009 Gill Shaw www.gillshaw.co.uk

Chris Russell-Fish | Hasselblad (UK)

Double-page spread photographs courtesy of The Sun First published in the UK in 2009 by Quiller, an imprint of Quiller Publishing Ltd

Jake Curtin, Tim Andrew & Darren Booker – The Art Group Tesco PLC Andrew Johnston – Quiller Publishing Andrew Barron – Thextension

British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library ISBN 978 1 84689 076 5 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission from the Publisher in writing. Designed by Andrew Barron/Thextension Printed in England by Butler, Tanner and Dennis Ltd

Quiller An imprint of Quiller Publishing Ltd Wykey House, Wykey, Shrewsbury, SY4 1JA Tel: 01939 261616 Fax: 01939 261606 E-mail: info@quillerbooks.com www.countrybooksdirect.com

Butler, Tanner & Dennis Ltd Julia Bickley Ray Lowe Hon FMPA Hon FBIPP Felicity Wilson Maj R J Hobbs R IRISH S02 DDEF PR Tom Newton Dunn – Defence Editor, The Sun Christine Mercer Greg Swan Hayley Luxford – Towergate Camerasure Emily Crompton Charlie Parker – Oakenhurst Aircraft Services Ltd Justine Foord Anna Aristodemou My darling Mum and my children Simon, Tara & Marc for their continued love and support

Gill Shaw, celebrity photographer, is also Gill Shaw, the soldier’s mum. Gill’s son and our son serve alongside each other in The Rifles and have both been fighting in the dust bowl of Helmand this summer of 2009. They both know what it is to lose friends and to have others grievously wounded and we, as parents, know what it is like to be back home while they are over there. Help for Heroes is all about people doing their bit to support ‘the blokes’, the young men and women who volunteer to serve and risk all to do so. We, safely back here at home, understand that we cannot prevent war, cannot prevent the injuries but we can, at least, do our bit to help those who have been injured get better. We asked the people of Great Britain to do their bit, to show the blokes that they are supported, appreciated and cared for by us. Over a million people have responded to date and millions of pounds have been raised that will buy facilities and services for their recovery. People do their bit in whatever way they do best: cycling miles; climbing mountains; running marathons; holding quiz nights; shaving legs; pulling trucks; playing rugby; in fact, by doing anything legal, decent and honest that raises money. In Gill’s case doing her bit meant using her superb skills as a photographer to produce this wonderful book. The Hero Inside contains a series of portraits of people linked by a common theme – heroism. Celebrities rub shoulders with unknowns, soldiers stand proud beside civilians; all are heroes in their own way, all are people to be admired. Thank you, Gill, for all the hours spent, miles travelled, photographs taken as you have created this work of art. Thank you, all the people who have supported Gill as she has created this book and thank you, Andrew, for agreeing to publish it to raise money for Help for Heroes. Thank you everyone who has been involved in Help for Heroes and thank you all the people who help our heroes; we are proud to know you care.

Bryn Parry

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Preface by Bryn Parry Co-Founder Help for Heroes

Gill Shaw would like to thank Bryn & Emma Parry Mark Elliott and all the staff from Help for Heroes Copyright © 2009 Quiller Publishing Ltd Photographs copyright © 2009 Gill Shaw www.gillshaw.co.uk

Chris Russell-Fish | Hasselblad (UK)

Double-page spread photographs courtesy of The Sun First published in the UK in 2009 by Quiller, an imprint of Quiller Publishing Ltd

Jake Curtin, Tim Andrew & Darren Booker – The Art Group Tesco PLC Andrew Johnston – Quiller Publishing Andrew Barron – Thextension

British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library ISBN 978 1 84689 076 5 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission from the Publisher in writing. Designed by Andrew Barron/Thextension Printed in England by Butler, Tanner and Dennis Ltd

Quiller An imprint of Quiller Publishing Ltd Wykey House, Wykey, Shrewsbury, SY4 1JA Tel: 01939 261616 Fax: 01939 261606 E-mail: info@quillerbooks.com www.countrybooksdirect.com

Butler, Tanner & Dennis Ltd Julia Bickley Ray Lowe Hon FMPA Hon FBIPP Felicity Wilson Maj R J Hobbs R IRISH S02 DDEF PR Tom Newton Dunn – Defence Editor, The Sun Christine Mercer Greg Swan Hayley Luxford – Towergate Camerasure Emily Crompton Charlie Parker – Oakenhurst Aircraft Services Ltd Justine Foord Anna Aristodemou My darling Mum and my children Simon, Tara & Marc for their continued love and support

Gill Shaw, celebrity photographer, is also Gill Shaw, the soldier’s mum. Gill’s son and our son serve alongside each other in The Rifles and have both been fighting in the dust bowl of Helmand this summer of 2009. They both know what it is to lose friends and to have others grievously wounded and we, as parents, know what it is like to be back home while they are over there. Help for Heroes is all about people doing their bit to support ‘the blokes’, the young men and women who volunteer to serve and risk all to do so. We, safely back here at home, understand that we cannot prevent war, cannot prevent the injuries but we can, at least, do our bit to help those who have been injured get better. We asked the people of Great Britain to do their bit, to show the blokes that they are supported, appreciated and cared for by us. Over a million people have responded to date and millions of pounds have been raised that will buy facilities and services for their recovery. People do their bit in whatever way they do best: cycling miles; climbing mountains; running marathons; holding quiz nights; shaving legs; pulling trucks; playing rugby; in fact, by doing anything legal, decent and honest that raises money. In Gill’s case doing her bit meant using her superb skills as a photographer to produce this wonderful book. The Hero Inside contains a series of portraits of people linked by a common theme – heroism. Celebrities rub shoulders with unknowns, soldiers stand proud beside civilians; all are heroes in their own way, all are people to be admired. Thank you, Gill, for all the hours spent, miles travelled, photographs taken as you have created this work of art. Thank you, all the people who have supported Gill as she has created this book and thank you, Andrew, for agreeing to publish it to raise money for Help for Heroes. Thank you everyone who has been involved in Help for Heroes and thank you all the people who help our heroes; we are proud to know you care.

Bryn Parry

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Foreword by Ross Kemp Patron Help for Heroes

Today the word ‘hero’ is too often used; for me it is a very special word and should be used sparingly: a hero is someone distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and fortitude. This wonderful book by Gill Shaw is to raise funds for just such men and women injured in the line of duty whilst serving our country – real heroes. For me, meeting The Royal Anglian Regiment changed my life significantly. From that first day at Elizabeth Barracks, Pirbright, it was clear that I was amongst dedicated, courageous, disciplined men and women and what’s more they were all young – well nearly all! We often talk of the veterans of past wars and conflicts; perhaps we had the chance to speak with our fathers, mothers, grandfathers, and grandmothers who served our country in the past, we listened closely to their tales of war, hardship, bravery and determination. The young men and women serving today far from home are the same people, the young Platoon Commander who landed on the beaches of Normandy 65 years ago and the young Platoon Commander serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Divided only by the years, nothing more. Since becoming a Patron of Help for Heroes I have had the privilege and honour of meeting many young servicemen and women who have been wounded. Without exception they are proud and they are humble, and above all, they do not consider themselves to be heroes; we know differently. With the Help for Heroes team, Bryn and Emma Parry have highlighted the help that so many servicemen and women need but never ask for. I can only hope that what Gill has done is to bring together a book that will hopefully inspire you ‘to do your bit’ in helping these servicemen and women who have already given so much for our country and us. I am incredibly proud and honoured to be a Patron of this wonderful charity. I hope that by supporting our Armed Services and in particular the many wounded young men and women, you are proud of yourself – you should be. Thank you.

Ross Kemp

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Foreword by Ross Kemp Patron Help for Heroes

Today the word ‘hero’ is too often used; for me it is a very special word and should be used sparingly: a hero is someone distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and fortitude. This wonderful book by Gill Shaw is to raise funds for just such men and women injured in the line of duty whilst serving our country – real heroes. For me, meeting The Royal Anglian Regiment changed my life significantly. From that first day at Elizabeth Barracks, Pirbright, it was clear that I was amongst dedicated, courageous, disciplined men and women and what’s more they were all young – well nearly all! We often talk of the veterans of past wars and conflicts; perhaps we had the chance to speak with our fathers, mothers, grandfathers, and grandmothers who served our country in the past, we listened closely to their tales of war, hardship, bravery and determination. The young men and women serving today far from home are the same people, the young Platoon Commander who landed on the beaches of Normandy 65 years ago and the young Platoon Commander serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Divided only by the years, nothing more. Since becoming a Patron of Help for Heroes I have had the privilege and honour of meeting many young servicemen and women who have been wounded. Without exception they are proud and they are humble, and above all, they do not consider themselves to be heroes; we know differently. With the Help for Heroes team, Bryn and Emma Parry have highlighted the help that so many servicemen and women need but never ask for. I can only hope that what Gill has done is to bring together a book that will hopefully inspire you ‘to do your bit’ in helping these servicemen and women who have already given so much for our country and us. I am incredibly proud and honoured to be a Patron of this wonderful charity. I hope that by supporting our Armed Services and in particular the many wounded young men and women, you are proud of yourself – you should be. Thank you.

Ross Kemp

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