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THANK YOU BERET MUCH; 100th birthday treat for ex-Royal Marine Arthur.

Byline: STEPHEN STEWART s.stewart@dailyrecord.co.uk

ONE of Scotland's oldest war heroes got a heartwarming 100th birthday surprise from his old regiment.

WWII veteran Arthur Walters was celebrating with his family when four Royal Marines turned up to present him with a special beret.

Arthur signed up in 1935, so they gave him the blue headdress worn by Marines at that time. The green beret they wear now was introduced in the 1940s. Arthur was also given a copy of his service record and a framed replica of the form he signed to join up more than 80 years ago at the age of 17.

He said: "I can still remember getting on my bike and peddling into Birmingham to sign up on July 10, 1935. It feels like yesterday."

Asked about life in the Marines, he added: "Well, I drank a lot of beer."

Arthur is one of the last survivors of the first WWII air raids on Britain.

He was on board HMS Southampton when German bombers attacked a convoy of ships on the Firth of Forth.

A Marine for 25 years, he rose to the rank of colour sergeant and served in Burma, the Atlantic and Africa.

Mark McCraw, Edinburgh branch secretary of the Royal Marines Association, said: "Once you leave the Royal Marines and become a civilian, you always remain a member of the Royal Marines family.

"We were told that Arthur no longer has his original beret so we wanted to present him with a new one.

"The Royal Marines wish him a very happy 100th birthday."

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MEMORY LANE Arthur Walters still recalls the day he joined up more than 80 years ago. Pic: Alan Simpson

AFFAIR Serving Marines present Arthur with 1935-issue blue beret

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