PRICE Gerald John
Regiment : H.M.S. Boadicea Royal Navy
Service number : PJX515835
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 13th June 1944
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 84. Column 1.
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge King Edward VI Grammar School WW2 Memorial. Stourbridge St John's Church.
HMS Boadicea was attacked 12 miles south west of Portland Bill by a German Ju88 aircraft whilst escorting a westbound convoy as part of the Normandy landings. She was hit by two torpedoes dropped by the aircraft and sank very rapidly with only 12 survivors from the 182 men on board.
The following information has been researched by The Black Country Society:
Gerald Price lived at 131 Parkfield Road, Stourbridge and was educated at King Edward’s School. He volunteered for the Royal Navy and went to H.M.S. Boadicea. This was a Beagle Class destroyer of 1360 tons which had been commissioned in 1931. It was a fast vessel and well equipped to deal with E-Boats and U-Boats. It had been engaged in the North Atlantic from 1941 to 1943 in convoy escort duties and Gerald Price probably joined early in 1944. For the Normandy landings it was assigned to protection duties, a vital task for the vulnerable armada which crossed the Channel on the 6th June and continued for weeks afterwards. German air power was still formidable, as many crews discovered. Boadicea was attacked from the air off Portland on the 13th June by enemy aircraft equipped with torpedoes and sunk with its crew of 138. Ordinary Seaman Gerald Price was 18 years of age.
Gerald Price has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.