I expect to get slated for this, but I feel it must be said. Did Pte Beharry REALLY deserve the VC? My reason for asking is that although he was very brave under fire (and at no time do I attempt to denigrate his character) his actions had more than a little about self preservation as well as saving the lives of his comrades. In World War 2, a pilot was seriously injured but brought the plane back safely and in the process saved the lives of the rest of his crew. He was put forward for and denied the VC because 'his actions, although courageous had an element of self preservation' and therefore he was ineligible. Does anyone else see the similarity? Call me an old cynic if you want, but I consider that the award of the VC to Pte Beharry was an exercise in PR rather than a genuine gesture to reward him for his bravery. An insult to Pte Beharry and the institution of the VC itself. +++++++++++++++ I reiterate - Did Pte Beharry REALLY deserve the VC? Discuss. +++++++++++++++ Taking cover now as targets will fall when hit.