Skip to comments.The hero always gets the girl: Victoria Cross winner Johnson Beharry marries...
Posted on 03/18/2013 3:33:21 PM PDT by naturalman1975
War hero Corporal Johnson Beharry, who saved the lives of 30 soldiers in Iraq, has married his girlfriend in a ceremony at a London registry office today.
The decorated soldier and his glamorous bride Mallissa Venice Noel were photographed leaving Old Marylebone Town Hall after today's service, which took place under a veil of military-style secrecy.
Guests at the wedding were ordered to hand over their phones before the ceremony after Cpl Beharry and his fiancee signed a magazine deal.
Friends and family who attended the wedding had to give in their phones to make sure photographs of the happy couple weren't leaked. The couple have signed a photo deal with Hello! magazine for an undisclosed sum.
Dressed in full military uniform, the 33-year-old soldier arrived for the ceremony just before 11am via a back entrance.
The waiting media didn't catch a glimpse of 27-year-old bride-to-be Mallissa's arrival as she was also ushered into the venue through a side entrance.
Further efforts were made to keep Mallissa's dress under wraps when she left after the hour-long service.
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A Corporal Sargent????
There are actually a few regiments in the British Army which make these things confusing, for reasons of tradition - Household Cavalry have ‘Corporals of Horse’ with three stripes and an equivalent position to Sergeants in other regiments, and a couple of regiments have Lance Sergeants with three stripes who are actually the same as corporals in other regiments.
But he is in the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and I am 99% sure they do in the ‘normal’ way, and therefore he’s clearly a Sergeant.
Unfortunately, Daily Mail pictures cannot be posted.
They’re both originally from Grenada, apparently.
Thanks for the information. I’ll avoid doing so in future.
You’re welcome, your articles are appreciated.
Right - the Brits do have confusing rank designations.
Victoria Cross winner?
Whew, for a minute I was afraid it was another homo “marriage” story about some chick named Victoria Cross getting the girl.
Britain’s highest military decoration. Like the Medal of Honor.
Winner? Right. Aren’t they awarded? Just like our MOH is awarded not fought over as a prize.
So take it up with the newspaper editor. It doesn’t change anything about the medal.
‘Winner’ isn’t quite correct - but it’s not considered as incorrect as it would be when referring to the Medal of Honor. Again, different traditions - in this case dating to the colonial period, up until about World War I, when quite a lot of VCs went to young officers who had set out deliberately to ‘win’ a medal and engaged in foolhardy - though brave - actions to do so. Not something encouraged in a professional Army, but especially in World War I, a lot of these young officers were amateurs.
(Privates sometimes did the same - NCOs and more senior officer had more sense - you may risk your life when you need to, and if that means facing the type of risk that gets a decoration, that’s brave and part of the job - but you don’t deliberately set out to get yourself into those situations).
Anyway, end result is that saying VC winner, though not strictly correct, is not considered a major faux pas - as it should be with the Medal of Honor.
See my comment above. But, yes, a nonmilitary media - they can't even count his stripes correctly.
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I’m just thinking that in combat soldiers don’t go out thinking they’ll try to get an MOH or VC. Of the many stories I’ve read about our military it’s always been a spur of the moment thing, seeing a situation developing then doing something about it. Matter of seconds or a bit of planning. But to go out intentionally thinking “Today I’m gonna get me an MOH” don’t think so ...
An hour long ‘service’ at the Registry Office?
Well I suppose there’s lots of formalities and goings on to take up that much time. Paper work and all that.