Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC
1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
On 1 May 2004, Beharry was driving an Armoured Vehicle in Iraq when it came under fire from rocket propelled grenades. Beharry was forced to open his hatch to steer his vehicle, exposing his face and head to attack. He received serious shrapnel injuries to his face and brain. Other rockets then hit the vehicle, incapacitating his commander and injuring several of the crew.
Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC 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 1 May and again on 11 June 2004 at Al-Amarah, Iraq.
Having served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq, Beharry is the first recipient of the Victoria Cross for over 30 years and the first living recipient of the VC since 1965. At the time of his award, he was one of only ten living recipients of the VC.
Beharry has now set up the Johnson Beharry VC Foundation to help people out of street gangs and into sustainable careers.