JOHNNY BRUNTVC: PART II
In the second of a two-part feature, Johnny Brunt VC turns potential disaster into improbable victory, only to fall victim to a cruel irony. Steve Snelling concludes a remarkable wartime odyssey
Life was never dull when Johnny Brunt was around. As fearless as he was irrepressible, he was an intoxicating mix of the heroic and the joker with a whiff of mischief about him.
In action, he led by example. Brave, confident but never reckless, his forceful and skilful leadership had already earned him the respect of his comrades and a Military Cross. Off the battlefield, he was the eternal schoolboy, the same happy-go-lucky prankster who had driven his masters at Ellesmere College to distraction and an ever-willing, frequently uproarious, participant in any game or sporting encounter.