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For ex-cadets, students & staff of Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, founded 1935 as The School of Navigation, and the Warsash Superyacht Academy

Obituary - Captain John Ninian Rose, Divisional Officer and Lecturer School of Navigation (All Hands Summer 2003)

We regret to announce the death of Captain John Rose on Thursday 29th May just short of his 90th Birthday at his home in Banbury. He joined the School of Navigation during the interim period of the move from South Stoneham to Warsash. He was a Divisional Officer and a lecturer and wrote a text book on seamanship which was used by the School during the 1939-45 war period. After marrying his second wife in 1954 (see photo below) he left Warsash to become the Principle and Captain i/c Accommodation & Discipline at the Readon Smith Nautical College, Cardiff. He later became the Director of the Nautical Institute in Cardiff.

The details of his funeral are as follows:-

FUNERAL:- was held on 9th June at 1400 hours, Banbury Crematorium, Southam Road, Banbury
MEMORIAL SERVICE:- a service in memory of John Rose was held at St. Peter's Church, Greatworth, Near Banbury, on Wednesday 25th June at 1430 hours.

Captain Rose daughter has requested no Flowers but donations would be appreciated being sent to the R. N. L.I. Poole, Dorset.

Eulogy given by John's brother:-
John Ninian Rose 25th June 1913 - 29th May 2003.
We shall miss his cheery countenance. John was born in Truro, a Cornishman to the core and very proud of it, he was the third in line of seven children truly a 'son of the sea' and a 'jolly sailor'! He was educated at Truro's Cathedral School where he embraced all subjects and excelled in his love of sports. He held the record for the longest distance throw of a cricket ball, a record which stood for some thirty years. From the age of 15 years and two months and through many ranks, John sailed the oceans of the world in merchant navy vessels. He became a First Mate at the age of 23 and the next year (1937) was gazetted as a probationary Sub. Lt. in the Royal Naval Reserve; John achieved his Board of Trade Masters Certificate in February 1939 at the age of 26 and, a few months later on the 28th August 1939 (a week before the outbreak of World War 11) he was called for service in the RNR. He joined his first Royal Navy ship 'HMS Puffin' as Navigating Officer (Pilot) on the 1st September 1939. On the 14th October 1939, 'HMS Puffin' sank the German Submarine U16 off the coast of Deal (Kent). John was 'mentioned in dispatches' for his persistence in navigating his ship to the 'kill'. Subsequently John continued his service on the Dover Patrol, East-Coast Convoys and on 'Special Duties'.

In October 1940 at St. Peter's Church, Bayswater, London, John married Margaret Mary Mantle of Edmonton, Canada. In August 1941 John transferred to the Royal Indian Navy - and Mary (with MI6) also moved to India. In January 1942, John took command of a River Hooghly Paddle Steamer bound for Basra and thereafter commanded a variety of active-service craft varying from Persian Gun Boats to Tugs with tows, Anti-Submarine Trawlers and many others. In 1944 John was promoted to the rank of Lt Commander. In 1945 John and Mary were blessed with a baby daughter, Carole. The Rose family returned to England in February 1946 and in 1948 they were further blessed by the birth of a second daughter, Daphne.
John Rose John with his two daughters on his marriage to Jo
From 1946 until 1978 John was variously serving as Senior Divisional Officer of the School of Navigation at Southampton; Chief Officer in Charge of training 40 cadets on the B.I.S.N. cadet ship 'Chindwara' (on two trips to Australia); Principal of the Reardon Smith Nautical College, Cardiff; and as Plymouth City's Boatmaster.

John was a very loving family - man. Sadly, his first wife died in 1951 leaving John to care for his two daughters then aged 5 and 2. Fortune later smiled upon the family again when John met and, in 1954, married Josephine / Jo at St Mary's Church, Warsash, Hampshire. Jo was a double blessing because apart from becoming part of the family she also happily worked 'alongside' her husband when she was appointed Matron of the Reardon Smith Nautical School where John was the Principal. In 1964 John was also appointed an H.M. Justice of the Peace. He retired in 1978 and returned from Plymouth to Threemilestones near his much loved Truro roots. In 1981 John and Jo moved to Greatworth in order to be nearer to his now married daughters and also the grandchildren.

Unhappily, less than three years later, on the 19th June 1984, Jo died and now lies at rest in the churchyard of St. Peter's Greatworth. John, a proud and independent man then continued to take good care of himself and of his much loved dog 'Nosey'. 'Nosey' predeceased John by several years but when she reluctantly left John alone at home, John, as was his wont, brushed himself down, picked himself up and continued to spread his good humour around the village and to entertain both young and not quite so young by talks at the Primary School, and to the Women's Institute and other groups. John cheerfully sang his way through life, from holding he highly prized position of senior boy chorister in Truro Cathedral, onwards and - by then a few fathoms down the vocal scale! - to sing with choirs in Brackley and Banbury.

John loved his family, his dogs, good company and conversation, the sea, the fair sex, laughter - and a drink (or two) - he was a very generous man and, more importantly was exceedingly generous hearted and gave freely of himself to all in need.

So, dear John, may the seas that you now sail be calm, your sails be filled with fair winds, your glass be ever full and - the gin and tonic ice cold!

Thanks for being with us John - we wish you well matey and may your God ever smile upon you.


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