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September 26, 2006

A good war story.

Private Johnson Beharry's investiture took precedence over that of General Sir Mike Jackson, who received the honour of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. 'It's an honour to stand alongside him,' said Jackson. Copyright Ian Jones

Pte Johnson Beharry VC is the first person since 1965 to be awarded Britain's highest award for gallantry while still alive. A 27-year-old native of Grenada, who came to Britain in 1999 and joined the British Army in 2001, he was a member of the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment when he was posted to Iraq in April 2004. He was awarded the VC on March 18, 2005. This is his story, taken from his soon to be published book, 'Barefoot Soldier'.

The helmet Private Beharry was wearing when an RPG exploded just six inches from his face

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