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D-Day veteran and former TA colonel dies.

A former colonel in the Territorial Army who served in the war and was awarded the CBE has died, aged 94.

Col Edward Price, who lived in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, began his military career in the Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve before the war.

He transferred to the TA in 1938 and was commissioned in the Royal Signals.

Col Price became a fulime soldier at the onset of war and was mentioned in dispatches. In the rank of major, he spent time at the War Office in London and landed in Normandy shortly after D-Day, where he was involved in the reconstruction of the French r ailway communications.

He joined the TA again on its reconstitution in 1947 and, although less is known by his family about his post war military service, it was for his work during this period that he received his CBE in 1957.

He was appointed to command the 1/20 (South Midland) Army Signal Regiment at Hall Green in 1950 and four years later was promoted to the rank of colonel and attached to HQ Western Command at Chester.

Col Price became director of Aston-based wire rope manufacturer, F Davis Ltd, after the war until 1960. He was also a member of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Council of the Federation of British Industries.

After his retirement in the late 1960s, he became chairman of the parish council in Tardebigge where he lived for 18 years. He also devoted time to his main hobby as an amateur radio enthusiast.

Married to Mary, who served in the City of Birmingham Police during the the war, the couple had two sons, Michael and Stephen.

Mr Stephen Price said: "He was a great enthusiast for everything he entered into and a very straight forward person which, we think, came from his military grounding.

"People usually followed his authority. That was the sort of respect that he seemed to command."

Col Price died peacefully on April 10, in a home run by the Royal British Legion with whom he been involved for many years as a branch chairman and later as secretary.
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