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PTE BEHARY VC - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

#1
Today's Telegraph has a long extract from Pte Beharry's memoirs - link here:

Pte Beharry VC

A gripping story that underlines the courage, tenacity, determination and sheer guts of him, his Coy and the average soldier serving in the British army. A great story that every individual who has never served should read - it amply demonstrates the qualities of almost all British soldiers.
 
#2
A very moving story that shows why we are the best and most highly regarded forces in the world. I feel so humbled and proud that Beharry joined us and his spirit and courage is inspirational to all who have, who want to or are serving.
 
#3
What would I of done? How would I of reacted?

I was in the Army for 14 years and never experienced such a situation, Would I of curled up in a ball and cried?

I don't know my true colours, I was never tested. Pte Beharry was tested and was not found wanting.

If this man ever has to pay for his own drink again, somethings wrong.
 
#5
Question.

If he were discharged on medical grounds would he have to leave the country, as he does not hold a UK passport? Would we see him escorted to a flight flanked by two home office personnel?

Personally any one who has or plans to serve in UK forces should automatically get a Passport if they wish one.
 
#6
offog said:
Question.

If he were discharged on medical grounds would he have to leave the country, as he does not hold a UK passport? Would we see him escorted to a flight flanked by two home office personnel?

I think there are nearly 20,000 members of this forum amongst others who would ensure that didn't happen!


Quack
 
#15
Words just aren't enough really. I was completely overwhelmed (and almost a bit un-manly!) reading those two pieces. These guys, and many before them and many to come, deserve nothing but the best of happiness in the rest of their lives.

Incredible.
 
#17
The other side is what he suffers now, Max Hasting in the Daily Mail today makes a very interesting point. which I do not neccessarily agree with.
 
#18
Read it with great interest and the missus asking me whether that was a tear in my eye (obviously not wench just a little tired thats all), did have pause for thought though as to what the bleeding heart liberals would have made of his gunner calling him "paki" in the first action in Al Amarah, personally i have no problem heat of the moment and all that but, was strangely relieved when I read the weekend section on Monday (i'd missed it on saturday), that Sammy was a Jamaican (who also recieved the MC)

I have the utmost respect for all the guys who took part in that action and all medals are truly deserved well done guys makes you proud to be British and proud we still have members of the commonwealth willing to put their lives on the line for the "mother country" if only a few of our own had the same amount of balls this country would be a much better place.

Zippy483
 
#19
I encountered him at Westminster a few weeks ago. He clearly still finds it uncomfortable to be saluted by a field officer.

Total respect and admiration for the man. The exemplary manner in which he has conducted himself since his award is a credit to his fine regiment and to the army.
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
#20
I hope he is able to stay in the army. Bit that got me is that as he is still medically unfit due to his injuries he is not entirely sure what he will do for a job, or money if he gets discharged. IMHO, it is every Arrsers duty to buy his book, and thats the hardback edition so he gets more in royalties.
 

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