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Major-General, The Reverend Denis Price CB, CBE (28 October, 1908 - 19 March, 1966) was Chief of Staff, British Defence Staffs in Washington from 1959 to 1962 and was later ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the USA.


Early life

Denis Walter Price was born in Kandy in Ceylon and educated at Blundell's School in Tiverton, Caius College at Cambridge and the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers on 31 January 1929.

Army career

Price’s military appointments are as follows:

  • 38th Field Company (1932-34)
  • Training Battalion, Chatham (1934-36)
  • Employed by the Air Ministry in Iraq on survey work (1936-38)
  • Company officer Royal Military College (1938-39)
  • Deputy Acting Quartermaster General, Royal Marine Division (1941)
  • GSOI at Combined Operations Headquarters and tour of duty in the USA (1942-1943)
  • Head of Combined Operations Staff at the Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command South East Asia (1944-1945)
  • Commander, 41 Indian Beach Group (1945)
  • Chief Royal Engineer, 5th Indian Division and Force 110 (sent to restore order in the Dutch East Indies.
  • GSOI, Military Intelligence Branch, War Office (1947)
  • Brigadier, Far East Land Forces
  • Commander, British Services Security Organisation (1956-1958)
  • Chief of Staff, British Defence Staffs in Washington (1959-1962)

Price was created Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1945 and Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 1961.


On leaving the army Price moved to USA and after a course of studies was ordained into the Presbyterian Church. His studies were interrupted by the illness from which he later died, but in spite of this he served as a Minister at Natural Bridge in Virginia for the two years before his death. His funeral was held at High Bridge in Virginia.

Price married Audrey de Beaufort in 1951 and had two sons and two daughters.


  • Obituary of Maj-Gen. D. W. Price, The Times, 23 March, 1966 ( pg. 14; Issue 56587; col F)


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