The first British soldier to wear VC cross in over 30 years commemorates those awarded the cross for WWI
November 7, 2014
Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry
Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry is the first British soldier in over thirty years to wear the honourable Victoria Cross and he recently attended an event held to commemorate two others who received the award for their parts in WWI.
At a ceremony that was part of the WWI centenary events which have been taking place across the UK this year, where the names of Robert Edward Ryder and Cecil John Kinross - two recipients of the VC from WWI - were added to a memorial, Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry was present.
Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2005 for twice saving soldiers from his unit in Iraq. His platoon's vehice was hit by grenades and he drove through an ambush under fire to rescue his injured comrades. A month later, he was hit in the head with shrapnel in an attack and his crewmates were badly wounded. But, Sgt. Beharry VC nonetheless managed to navigate him and his crew to safety before he lost consciousness. Afterwards he had to undergo brain surgery.
At the event Sgt. Beharry VC said, "It's amazing to be here to support the families so they can see 100 years on that what their ancestors did back then still lvies on in the British Army, that they didn't die in vain." He continued, "Their actions are still relevant, these great mmen and women who laid their lives down. I stand proudly wearing a Victoria Cross and as a modern soldier I feel honoured being here."
At the end of October Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC stood alongside Prince Harry and others to support the Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day Appeal and help launch this year's fundraising appeal.