I have enjoyed reading all your books for over ten years and although I got into your writing due to the Sharpe tv series, I have only begun reading the SHARPE novels. I have just finished reading SHARPE'S HAVOC which was excellent and I was wondering why you picked the name "SEAN DONNELLY" from Derry as the name for the only rifleman to die when Sharpe and his men take the fort on the hill(page 181).My brother in law is called Sean Donnelly and the name Donnelly is a strong Derry name. Was the name just a random name or did you know someone from Derry with this name?.
I wish I could remember!! I spent a fair bit of time in Derry when I lived in Ulster, but I have a feeling that the name was plucked from nowhere. Which is an entirely unhelpful answer for which I apologise!