I was born and grew up on the Wirral peninsula which is between the River Mersey and the River Dee in the Northwest. I am one of 10 children and the second youngest of two brothers and seven sisters. We grew up in a rather poor household and life was not easy.
After taking a few manual dead end jobs I decided that my best option was to join the British Army. I went on to see action in the Falklands war and Northern Ireland. I also received a General Officer Commanding Commendation for saving life. “Not for queen and country” is the story of that journey through the brutal basic training and the horror of war and life on the streets of Northern Ireland facing hatred and violence. I hope you will join me on my life changing journey. As a result of my experiences I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder commonly known as PTSD. I have suffered from nightmares that have never ceased since my time in the Falklands war. People often ask me the reason for the title of my book “not for queen and country” It came about because the truth is when you are facing an enemy who want you dead at that time it is not for queen and country it is pure survival, to keep on living a primal instinct that we all have.
I left the Army after injuring my knees and returned home to the Wirral where I now live with my wife Tricia. We have a Daughter Kristy and a son Nathan. We are also Grandparents to Henry, Ophelia and Florence.
I was diagnosed with blood cancer in May 2016 and I am undergoing treatment. I have had Chemotherapy a Stem Cell transplant and the cancer broke my spine in six places.
Keynote speaker Edward Denmark Available for events with illustrated talks
Thinking Clearly Under Pressure
Edward Denmark was diagnosed with terminal blood cancer in 2016. Since that diagnoses he has undergone chemotherapy, spinal reconstruction after the cancer broke six vertebrae in his spine leaving him unable to walk for four months. A Stem Cell transplant which is not only life threatening but extremely painful. He is now on long term chemotherapy.
Throughout this treatment Edward has campaigned to build bridges with his former Argentine enemy and even travelling to Argentina in 2020 to meet the very pilots who bombed him during the Falkland’s war. Edward has refused to yield to the cancer and has never once felt any self-pity. Indeed he has almost laughed in the face of this terrible illness.
Keynote speaker Edward Denmark is the author of two bestselling books: one on his experiences in the British military, and the other on his experiences growing up in poverty. He has spoken on national television a number of times and is frequently interviewed on BBC radio regarding military matters.
When alcohol addiction took control of his Mother’s life, it became a fight for Edward to survive the hunger, bullying and misery which surrounded him as a child growing up in extreme poverty. Remarkably, he still found moments to laugh and be happy. In order to escape the past and seek adventure, Edward joined the army, where he did not find escape, but faced a hardship and terror beyond anything he imagined. His military journey took him to the 1982 Falklands war, as well as to Northern Ireland fighting the IRA.
His is a journey of contrasts, from utter sorrow and sadness to hilarious escapades, which captivates and inspires audiences. Let the resilience and positivity Edward needed to deal with crisis after crisis inspire you to tackle your own challenges, while teaching you about the reality of war and poverty.
Not for Queen and Country: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Life as a British Soldier
This talk covers Edward’s action in the 1982 Falklands war where he served as an anti-aircraft missile operator. It tells of the bitter filthy conditions in which he and his comrades fought, and what it was like to come under air attack day after day, with vivid descriptions of British ships being bombed and sinking, and men losing their lives, to the desperate fight to survive each day. Edward eventually returned home a completely changed man and was never the same again.
This talk focuses on the reality of war, it is not a child-friendly description that sugar coats the fear and vulgar attitude needed to live and fight.
This talk covers Edward’s time serving as a soldier in Northern Ireland as part of the British government’s response to sectarian violence that erupted in 1969 and only ended in 2007 after the death of many thousands of people. The most viable threat came from the Provisional Irish Republican Army (The IRA) who carried out many ruthless attacks against British soldiers. Edward and his comrades also had to contend with daily petrol bomb and brick attacks from the nationalist community who supported The IRA. The streets of Northern Ireland were some of the most dangerous places on earth for British soldiers and the threat of death was ever present each and every day. One disturbing incident occurred that nearly ended his life, and which no training could have prevented.