Frank Collins
John Robertson

Frank Collins

Trooper - Sergeant
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from Heaton,Northumberland
born Newcastle upon Tyne
moved to Whitley Bay
educated Whitley Bay Grammar School
244 Signal Squadron,Royal Corps of Signals
264 SAS Signals Squadron 1976 (L/Cpl)
22 SAS (7 Troop,B Squadron) December 1978-March 1982
23 SAS (C.of E. Chaplain) 1994
Parachute Regiment (Chaplain) 1995
graduated Oak Hill Theological College
curate of St Peter with St Owen and St James Church,Hereford 1992
author "Baptism of Fire" 1997
married Claire 1981 (4 children)
died 16.6.1998 age 41 Stockbridge,Hampshire
I was friends with Frank and his family, Not great friends but my friend lived next door to his family in whitley bay. Something on television (a clip of the Iranian embassy siege in London ) reminded me of a time I was talking to him in the Ship pub in Whitley Bay. I typed his name in and saw there were no comments about him on your site and I thought there should be. He was a good guy that must have seen and done a bit too much, I was living in southern Spain and saw a newspaper (English) and
 
Ive just become aware of franks death Could anyone tell me the circumstances of his sad departure
 
Sadly, he took his own life in 1998. He diverted the exhaust fume of the car in which he was sitting into the interior of the vehicle.
 
after reading all the other books mc nabbs /ryans /shepherds etc it took me ages to find franks just finished it and i must say it was the best by far could well be my sign then decided to google franks name and came across this site only to find out with great sadness that frank took his own life this i found hard to reason with his last line in the book was "i just trust in god to show me the path" surely suicide couldnt of been the path what a waste of a remarkable man maybe god needed him mo
 
What can I say, I read and was affected by this man, another hero, friend of Al Slater, and Iranian embassy veteran. This mans search for God ended in disaster. What a great shame, I would have liked to have met him, he sounded like a real cool dude!. I read the book, "A baptism of fire" and found it very moving, I did not want it to end. Thankyou Frank, for an eventful life. and may God bless you and yours,. With the greatest of respect. All the best. Simon Carter
 
I became what I would like to call friends with Frank in 1995. I was serving in Bulford near Salisbury, Wiltshire and Frank who was my Padre at the time was to preside over my wedding to my wife. With the build up to the wedding myself and Frank had many chats, and he shared many stories with me. His life was an extrordinary life and he was an extrordinary man. Despite his life and experiences he appeared to me as one of the kindest most honest people I had ever met. I was shocked to see his boo
 
Had the pleasure of serving with " Pardre two zero" whilst he was with the A.M.F (L) from 95 onwards until his tragic death. A true leader in every sense, from his sermons ( everyone wanted to hear his sermons and that included people like myself who dont believe.... He made it all so believable). My memories stretch to our endless cups of coffee in Norway and how he genuinlly was concerned about the amount of time we spent away from our wifes & families. A true soldier and padre in every sense.
 

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