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One of the last blue beret Marines will celebrate his 95th birthday


Cpl. Lawrence Price, known as Laurie, joined The Royal Marines in the year 1942. At this time the Corps wore a Blue Beret, rather than the better known Green Beret they do now.

Laurie’s distinguished career with The Royal Marines encompasses service in both North Africa and Italy during the Second World War. Cpl. Price also took part in the dummy invasion off the south of France, a raid designed to distract Nazi forces from the D-Day landings in Normandy.

One of Laurie’s motivation to join the forces came from his Father, Fredrick Price. Fredrick served in the Army during the First World War, where he had the sombre duty of retrieving rifles from No Man’s Land.

Laurie himself served aboard the LCF14 landing craft during WWII, fighting in both Sicily and the famous battle of Monte Casino.

In 1946, Laurie was demobilised. He then started work as a bus driver at Potters Bar garage, driving the 134 service to London. Following this, Laurie settled at Ridge village, near Hertsmere, where he was the chair of the parish council for 20 years.

“He’s always looked after people. The men in his unit were all very close. After 1987, they started coming to meet once a year from all over England.”

Lesleyanne Bowness - Daughter


The group celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reunion, where Laurie and a group of veterans took part in a march at The Royal Marines base in Lympstone.

All at The Royal Marines Charity would like to wish Laurie a very happy 95th Birthday.


Photo credit:  Cambs Times