The Duke of Edinburgh

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by CL1, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    I completely agree, Tom.
    Even if not a royalist, I admire both of them for their sense of duty over so many years.
    Which you wouldn't get from a President, Premier, or whatever the alternatives are.
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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Happy 99th Sir.
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  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Has Prince Philip written or been interviewed at length about his wartime service?

    I was very interested when I heard in a video about the Western Approaches Museum that he was thought to be the only man still alive who had gone through certain training exercises they ran there during the Second World War.

    I know there's a 1961 biography by Leslie Hollis (deputy to Pug Ismay as secretary of the Chiefs of Staff Committee). The cover has him in naval uniform and the title sounds promising, but I don't know whether either reflects the content.

    The Captain General. A Life of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, Captain General, Royal Marines.
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  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Video clip in which Prince Philip recalls his vessel being bombed.

  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

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  6. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    Harry Hargreaves emailed me a copy of his book when we were both researchers on the bbc ww2 people’s war web page

    a few years ago I managed to purchase the book

    It is a very good read
  7. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

    Another WW2 veteran gone
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  8. EmpireUmpire

    EmpireUmpire Well-Known Member

    The end of an era
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  9. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Bet the poor sod won't be left to rest in peace, though. Even the announcement on the radio had to drag up Diana and car crashes; his not hers.
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  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  11. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target All life is precious

    Just appeared on BBC News following an announcement from the Palace.
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  12. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    A very sad day. What an extraordinary character and man.
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  13. Half Track

    Half Track Member

    I am truly sorry, as I liked him very much.
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  14. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  15. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Brilliant image Diane ,just how I would imagine he would have liked to go.

    Enjoyed his honesty in a world where honesty isnt appreciated. Sleep well Sir!

    Kyle :(
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  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Local connection.

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  17. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  18. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Was he an aviator too?
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  19. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    No but he learnt to fly post war and that would be before March 1955 when the aircraft shown, the North American Havard completed its last flight course at Feltwell.

    The Havard featured as the RAF standard trainer from early January 1939 to 1955 when it was gradually replaced by the Vampire T 11 jet trainer in 1954/1955.

    The Havard was passed on to the University Air Squadrons as a communications aircraft and served abroad in the Mau Mau operations in Kenya.

    Reminds me of a late colleague at work who served on Havards at Little Rissington. He would tell me of his time in Flying Training Command and involvement with the Havard.
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  20. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Watching raw footage of all the flags at half staff around the country. What is this building near Parliament?



    I know now.

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