I don’t always write about fallen soldiers simply because there are so many of them that I would be busy most of the time writing only about our fallen brethren and there are already sites dedicated solely to that end. I do, however, write about fallen warriors that pique my interest for some reason or another; this is one of those cases.
Enter one Royal Marine David Hart. Marine Hart was not your average guy. He studied horticulture and did that for a few years before joining the Royal Marines. Interesting? Sure, but not enough to warrant a post just because he liked plants. He was a member of the Royal Marines’ 40 Commando. Enough on its own to warrant a Sniper Lifestyle post? No. Good on him, but no. He also took out a life insurance policy before he left for Afghanistan and left stipulations for generous awards to his family and charity if he ever had the misfortune of causing that policy to mature. Nice but, again, not enough to warrant a post. He hailed from a town called Upper Poppleton. Okay, that is pretty close to cool enough to make a post. I mean, “Upper Poppleton”? That is a pretty cool name but not quite enough. When Marine Hart was killed Helmand province on July 8 last year by a Taliban bomb he gave every one of his tomorrows for our today. For that alone he deserves a post and has numerous posts in his name all over the internet but he makes his mark at The Sniper because of how he chose to be remembered by his friends: a $160,000.00 party in Las Vegas for all of his friends.
When he died, he left a letter stipulating that £100,000 of a £250,000 insurance policy should be spent ensuring those mates had one last party in his honour.
Now 32 of them – his best friends and their girlfriends – are jetting off to Las Vegas to celebrate his memory.
Close friend Andy Hare said that in his letter, David – who was killed a day before his 24th birthday – had talked about having had a great life and not having any regrets. “He said: ‘Go and have a great time and spend all this money’,” Andy said. “All the lads said: ‘What a guy’.”
We here at The Sniper salute you, Marine Hart. You truly lived, and died, The Sniper lifestyle. I will drink a toast in your honor.
Rest In Peace, Marine.
H/T to the Stalker