Royal Marines bid final farewell to former member Lee

The funeral took place in Arbroath on Friday of former Royal Marine Lee Starkey.

Mark Dowie
Monday, 21st February 2022, 12:31pm
Royal Marines bid final farewell to former member Lee

Lee served with 45 Commando, based in Arbroath from 1977 - 2002, attaining the rank of Provost Sergeant.

In retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, as well as indulging his passion for rugby. He was coach at Montrose Rugby Club for 12 years and members of the club, along with members of Arbroath Rugby Club, attended his funeral.

The hearse was escorted through the town by the Royal Marine Bikers, and as it passed RM Condor a company of Marines lined up outside the base to salute their former comrade as it passed.

At Parkgrove Crematorium at Friockheim the hearse was led by Standard Bearer Roddy Campbell while many former serving comrades lined the entrance.

At the family`s request Sergeant Shane Hedley placed a bottle of port and Lee`s medals on the coffin. Royal Marines Association (RMA) East of Scotland Branch Chairman Phil Scotthorne said a few poignant words as the bugler played The Last Post.

Afterwards refreshments were served at the Arbroath branch of The Royal British Legion Scotland.

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