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article imageSoldier proposes to girl after receiving medal at Palace

By JohnThomas Didymus     Dec 15, 2011 in Lifestyle
Buckingham - A British soldier from Sutherland Highlands Private Bryan Johnson, who fought the Taliban and saved a wounded colleague in a heroic rescue, proposed to his girlfriend at the ceremony in Buckingham Palace in which he received a gallantry medal.
Private Bryan Johnson, 24, grew up in Glasgow but now lives in Corby, Northamptonshire. He is of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. He had shown exceptional bravery and selfless courage when he dragged a wounded comrade to safety before giving life-saving first aid. He had also provided covering fire while the wounded comrade was being evacuated.
Daily Mail reports Johnson dropped on his knees like a medieval knight moments after Prince Charles of England had presented him with the Military Cross for bravery. He proposed marriage to his girlfriend Kirstie Ward in the full glare of the public. The Scottish Daily Record reports Private Johnson said: "I knew I was going to do it, but when I went to do it I luckily managed to get up enough confidence. I dropped to my knee and fortunately for my sake, to save embarrassment, she said yes."
After Miss Ward said, yes, the soldier slipped a ring on her finger.The 21-year-old from Newcastle-upon-Tyne said; "It was a real surprise. I’m shocked and excited."
The Scottish Daily Record reports the brave soldier who had faced the Taliban appeared more nervous about proposing to his lady than meeting royalty.
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