Garry’s book cov­ers life on the front­line

Emo­tional book ‘a love story for men and women’

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.

AN ex-sol­dier and dad-of­four from Hilling­don who was taken hostage in Libya has writ­ten an emo­tional book that cov­ers the break-up of his mar­riage and a sui­cide at­tempt ear­lier this year.

Garry Cur­tis was born in Hilling­don and lived in Yead­ing and Hayes for most of his life and served in a num­ber of con­flicts dur­ing his mil­i­tary ca­reer, in­clud­ing Iraq in 2003.

The 48-year-old has de­tailed his amaz­ing life in ‘In­com­ing!’, an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy which cov­ers not just his time in the mil­i­tary, but also his child­hood.

Mr Cur­tis told the Gazette: “You do not have to be a sol­dier to be in a bad place.

“Pride kills, so I hope many read­ing this will see a way out. They need to.

“This took the al­most­death of me to write and I can only hope to help many thou­sands of peo­ple out there.

“This is a love story for the ladies and the men. It is not a war story, war is just the back­drop.

“It is the emo­tions, the heart­felt warmth of a gen­uine guy, a kid that grew up in a grimy Hayes coun­cil es­tate.”

Start­ing off in the army cadets in Southall, Mr Cur­tis joined the Royal Marines Com­man­dos in 1985. After an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer serv­ing in North­ern Ire­land and the Gulf War, Mr Cur­tis has been a mil­i­tary parachutist, has ad­vanced med­i­cal skills and is trained in of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive driv­ing, self de­fence and weapons.

His im­pres­sive ca­reer has also seen him serve as a body­guard for VIPs in­clud­ing the Beck­hams and top diplomats.

He also worked for the Lon­don Fire Bri­gade dur­ing the 1990s.

Mr Cur­tis, who now works as a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment and me­dia con­sul­tant and spends much of his time in Mo­sul, Iraq, also doc­u­ments the darker side of his life.

In 2012, Mr Cur­tis was in­jured in Afghanistan and went un­der the knife four times over two years and al­most died of blood poi­son­ing.

The in­jury left Mr Cur­tis un­able to work while he re­cov­ered, caus­ing him fi­nan­cial prob­lems, which were later made worse when his part­ner left him after he had an af­fair.

Mr Cur­tis said he tried to com­mit sui­cide in Septem­ber last year.

He said: “I could not face life any more.

“Too proud to ask for help, no money, a loser, a to­tal waste of space, no good to any­one.

“When I looked back at ev­ery­thing I’ve done, I smile and think ‘yeah, I did good. I should be proud’.”

Pub­lished in Novem­ber, ‘In­com­ing!’ is avail­able on Ama­zon.

EMO­TIONAL: (Clock­wise from above) Garry in Iraq in 2016; Mr Cur­tis (back­ground) has looked after some high-pro­file names in­clud­ing leg­endary for­eign cor­re­spon­dent John Simpson; Mr Cur­tis in the Ukraine look­ing after CNN re­porters; Garry Cur­tis and his ex-part­ner Sa­man­tha

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