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Barefoot Soldier: A Story of Extreme Valour
     

Barefoot Soldier: A Story of Extreme Valour

by Johnson Beharry VC, Nick Cook
 

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Born in 1979 in Grenada as one of eight children, living in a two-bedroom hut, surviving on meager meals of beans and rice and walking barefoot, three miles to school. At 13 Johnson Beharry quit school and worked as a decorator and laborer. In 1999 he scraped together the airfare for England and joined the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. He served six months in

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Born in 1979 in Grenada as one of eight children, living in a two-bedroom hut, surviving on meager meals of beans and rice and walking barefoot, three miles to school. At 13 Johnson Beharry quit school and worked as a decorator and laborer. In 1999 he scraped together the airfare for England and joined the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. He served six months in Kosovo, three months in Northern Ireland, and then went to Iraq. In May of 2004, Beharry helped assist a foot patrol caught in a series of ambushes. His vehicle was hit by multiple rocket propelled grenades but he drove through the ambush and extracted his wounded colleagues from the vehicle, all the time exposed to further enemy fire. He was cited on this occasion for "valour of the highest order". While back on duty in June 2004, a rocket propelled grenade hit Beharry's vehicle incapacitating his commander and injuring several of the crew. Despite his very serious head injuries, Beharry took control of his vehicle and drove it out of the ambush area before losing consciousness. He required brain surgery for his head injuries, and he was still recovering when he was awarded the VC in March 2005.

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"The word “hero” is often bandied about by the media, but where Beharry is concerned, it’s a fitting description . . . I couldn’t put it down."  —Mail on Sunday

"Vividly atmospheric and briskly paced prose."  —Sunday Telegraph

"A heartbreaking, uplifting and inspirational read."  —Sunday Express

"Johnson Beharry earned his VC for 'repeated extreme gallantry and unquestioned valour' in Iraq, but the full story of his journey there is still more inspiring."  —Daily Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316733229
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.25(d)

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Johnson Beharry was born in Grenada in 1979. In 1999 he joined the Prince of Wales' Royal Regiment. He has served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq.

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