Aberdeen Press & Journal: "Commemoration Arranged For Royal Marine Hero And His Son In Beauly"


War Hero
"It was one of the cruellest of ironies in the aftermath of the Second World War; the tragic death of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Garrett and his teenage son in the Highlands in 1952.

Throughout his military career, Lt Col Garrett was one of the most daring members of his generation, orchestrating a series of heroic acts of gallantry.

Many of his contemporaries regarded him as being almost indestructible – especially after he led an audacious escape from German-occupied Crete, followed by a perilous Mediterranean crossing to safety. It was one of many missions where the Royal Marine saved hundreds of Allied servicemen for which he received the Distinguished Service Order.

But after he retired in 1950, Lt Col Garrett and his family moved to Lentran, on the shores of Beauly Firth.

It was there that the 48-year-old and his 16-year-old son Stephen drowned while duck shooting on the firth on January 16, 1952.

Now, almost 70 years later, a commemorative plaque on the wall of the old Kessock Ferry ticket office will be unveiled by members of the Highland Branch of the Royal Marines Association during a service of dedication on Sunday, January 26 at 2pm."