D-Day veteran's funeral attended by hundreds of people after appeal

-Credit: (Image: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire)
-Credit: (Image: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire)


Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a Solihull D-Day veteran after an appeal was launched. Albert Price, 98, was buried at the Robin Hood crematorium in Solihull yesterday (Friday).

Mr Price was just 18 years old when he landed on Gold Beach and shared his memories last year when he spoke of the importance of remembering those who 'never came home'.

Standard bearers escorted the hearse into the funeral, An appeal was made for people to go to attend the service for the veteran, whose wife and daughter were his only family.

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The Military Lions, an official Aston Villa Football Club supporters group for the armed forces, launched the appeal on Thursday for people to attend. In a post on X, the Military Lions called Mr Price a “brave and unassuming man”.

Speaking last year about his involvement in D-Day, Mr Price said: “I can still remember driving the tank on to the beach in Normandy and having to zig-zag to avoid mines and shells flying straight at us.

D-Day veteran Albert Price returning to the seafront on Gold Beach in Arromanches-les-Bains, France to lay crosses and remember their fallen comrades -Credit:Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire
D-Day veteran Albert Price returning to the seafront on Gold Beach in Arromanches-les-Bains, France to lay crosses and remember their fallen comrades -Credit:Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

“I will never forget that day, scrambling for safety after our tank got hit. I had to push my commander up out of the hatch and suffered shrapnel wounds in the process.

“I will always remember those young chaps I served with. They lost their lives so we could live.

“With the 80th anniversary of the landings coming up next year, it’s so important to remember those that never came home and sacrificed themselves for the greater good.

“Going back to Normandy with the Royal British Legion in 2019 was an experience I will never forget and I want to go back again.

“I hope as many D-Day veterans as possible sign up to attend the commemorations next year. I want the legacy of those I served with to be remembered.”

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