A Tribute To The Duke of Edinburgh

The management and staff of Ipswich Buses Limited were deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

We join the entire nation, and in particular the Armed Forces community, in mourning a decorated veteran of the Royal Navy in the Second World War. His sense of service to the nation and strength of character has been an inspiration to us all.

Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy from 1939 to 1952 and was involved in active service on several occasions. He was a sub-lieutenant aboard the battleship HMS Valiant during the Battle of Cape Matapan, being mentioned in dispatches, and was awarded the Greek War Cross for heroism.

As first lieutenant and second in command of HMS Wallace, he served on convoy escort duties on the east coast of Britain and in the invasion of Sicily, where he devised a plan to deceive enemy night bombers and save his vessel from attack. He then joined the destroyer HMS Whelp with the British Pacific Fleet and was in Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Imperial Japan.

The strong affinity he shared with his Armed Forces comrades, and his dedication to the honour of their service and sacrifice, shone through in his work.

Our sincerest condolences are with Her Majesty the Queen, and all Members of the Royal Family at this incredibly sad time.