Mother of fallen Royal Anglian Regiment soldier to write book
THE mother of a soldier who died in Afghanistan wants to write a book to help the parents of fighters killed by the Taliban.
Christine Bonner’s son Darren was killed by a landmine explosion while serving with 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment in 2007.
Since then she has become a rock for mums and dads of fallen comrades with her unwavering support but believes: “Writing a book about my experiences would help other bereaved parents.”
The determined campaigner, who recently completed a 150-mile walk for her son’s old regiment, hopes to put pen to paper later this year.
She aims to include amazing stories of bravery about Corporal Bonner and other soldiers which she has heard since she started her fundraising drive three years ago.
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Mrs Bonner said: “When you are grieving for a child you have lost in a faraway country, it is not like you can be at their bedside to say goodbye.
“It is difficult in the beginning because you cannot see them for a week and you feel completely alone. Hopefully this would show people there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
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Mrs Bonner wants to make her book a heartfelt personal tribute to her son,
She plans to talk about his upbringing in Tydd Gote and tell the stories she has heard about his heroic actions in a war torn country.
However the Gedney resident says she will confront the emotions she felt when she died and “how devastating it was to lose him”.
The mother, who organises the yearly All the 4s sponsored walk for the Royal Anglians, has been inspired to publish her personal account after encouragement from Cpl Bonner’s former colleagues.
So far she has raised almost �90,000 for forces charities and says: “I am part of the Royal Anglian Regiment family.
“I know I will always have people who genuinely care here,”