Help for Heroes
Please read my story on help for heroes at http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/jb_vc.html, the charity I’ve chosen for Dancing on Ice 2011
Johnson Beharry VC of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment is a British soldier who, on 18th March 2005, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces for twice saving members of his unit from ambushes, on 1st May and 11th June 2004 at Al-Amarah, Iraq. He sustained serious head injuries in the latter engagement.
Johnson Beharry is the first recipient of the Victoria Cross since the posthumous awards to Lieutenant Colonel H. Jones and Sergeant Ian John McKay for service in the Falklands War and the first living recipient for nearly forty years. At present he is one of only twelve living recipients of the VC, and the youngest. Part of his citation reads ‘For his repeated extreme gallantry and unquestioned valour, despite intense direct attacks, personal injury and damage to his vehicle in the face of relentless enemy action, Private Beharry deserves the highest possible recognition.’