Barefoot Soldier by Johnson Beharry VC
This is an extremely inspiring book about the life and heroic acts of Johnston Beharry VC.
Having being born in Grenada, one of eight children of a poor island family, Johnson had a hard childhood with an alcoholic father and hardly enough food and resources to keep the family going. From a young age he showed care for others that went beyond personal comfort and a bravery that stayed with him.
In 1999, unsure of his future or the extent of his dreams to work on cars, Beharry made his way to England to join some friends and extended family. While there he enlisted into the Princess of Wale’s Royal Regiment.
The book then goes on to follow his experience in training and on deployment. His selfless acts of bravery in combat resulted in serious head injuries, but Johnson, showing the inner strength that soldiers carry, went on to fight his way back to health.
Then, being awarded the Victoria Cross for valour by the Queen of England, Johnson’s acts were recognized by the world.
This book is an interesting look into the life of a Grenadian as well as a touching recount of family be it blood or military family. A spell-binding narrative about the acts of a brave man that set him apart.
required brain surgery for his head injuries, and he was still recovering when he was awarded the VC in March 2005