Johnson Gideon Beharry(1979-), Soldier; recipient of the Victoria Cross
Sitter in 2 portraits
Lance Corporal Beharry is the first living British person since 1965 to be awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest award for gallantry and valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces. Born in Grenada, Beharry moved to the UK in 1999 and joined the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment in 2001. He was posted to Iraq in 2004, where he twice saved members of his unit from ambushes on 1 May and again on 11 June 2004 at Al-Amarah. His heroic actions saved the lives of 30 soldiers while under enemy fire. Serious head injuries sustained in Iraq have prevented him from returning to active service. His autobiography, The Barefoot Soldier, was published in 2006.