Book is tribute to Sheffield sailor’s Falklands War sacrifice

Renee and Peter Hanson, whose son Shaun was killed in action in the Falklands War
Renee and Peter Hanson, whose son Shaun was killed in action in the Falklands War
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A book paying tribute to sailors killed in the Falklands War – including a Sheffield crewman – has been hailed by his parents.

Peter and Renee Hanson, of Chapeltown, say they are proud their son Shaun features in Through Fire and Water.

Shaun Hanson, aged 20, of Ecclesfield, who died when HMS Ardent was sunk during the Falklands War

Shaun Hanson, aged 20, of Ecclesfield, who died when HMS Ardent was sunk during the Falklands War

The book, by journalist Mark Higgins, remembers the bombing and sinking of Royal Navy frigate HMS Ardent by Argentine forces in May 1982 and the 22 crew who died in the action.

Among those who lost their lives was matelot Shaun Hanson, aged 20, from Ecclesfield.

His parents said the incident is ‘part of the history of this country’, but the book is something they can hardly bear to read because the memories are too painful.

Mr Hanson, now 76, said that although it is more than 31 years since their son’s death, he and his 75-year-old wife ‘still think about him every day’.

He said: “I realise it is a very good book which tells the story of part of the history of our country, but it’s hard for us to read.

“Shaun’s death is still very much with us and we think about him every day.

“What happened never leaves you.”

Mr and Mrs Hanson, who also have two daughters, Carol and Lisa, now have four grandchildren, including 21-year-old Shaun, named after his uncle.

Mr Higgitt first published his book in 2001 as a hardback and Mr and Mrs Hanson have a copy.

It is now going online as an e-book and will be promoted by online retailer Amazon as one of its ‘daily deals’ on Friday, October 11.

Mr Higgitt said: “Through Fire and Water is the story of the sinking of the Royal Navy’s ‘forgotten frigate’ HMS Ardent, with the loss of Shaun and 21 shipmates during the fight to reclaim the Falkland Isles from Argentina.”

An Amazon spokesman said: “The account of Ardent’s company still has the power to capture the interest, imagination and respect of readers more than 30 years after she was lost.”

HMS Ardent was one of two frigates and seven British ships lost during the 1982 war, which ran from the Argentine invasion of the islands on April 2 to the country’s surrender on June 16.