A fitting tribute paid to Prince Philip by Sidmouth veterans

Veterans gather to pay tribute to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Veterans gather to pay tribute to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Credit: Mark Eburne

Those who watched the funeral on Saturday, April 17 of HRH Prince Philip on television could not have failed to realise the strong naval connection, writes Andrew Rugg Gunn of Sidmouth & District RNOCA.
 
It was therefore fitting that wreaths were laid at Sidmouth War Memorial on behalf of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Sidmouth Town Council in grateful remembrance of Prince Philip.
 
Gatherings are difficult under current restrictions but a small contingent of veterans assembled at the memorial to the tolling of the church’s half-muffled bell. 
At 3pm, our bo’sun rang six bells and piped the Still on the bo’sun’s call, followed by Fiona Harvey, of Sidmouth Town Band, playing the Last Post. 
The RNOCA standard, carried by David Wallace, was lowered and the minute’s silence ended with the bo’sun’s Carry-on and Fiona Harvey’s Reveille. 
Peter Leverton, Padre to RNOCA, reminded us of the steadfast service of Prince Philip – Peter had served in the Royal Navy in WW2 flying Swordfish. 
 
There was a genuine feeling in those present that we had lost a fine example and a friend.

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