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Maritime Logistics Community News : April 2014
39 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 2014 Obituary CMDR Athol Lloyd Rose Between 1933 and 1937 he served in HMA Ships Canberra, Australia and Stuart. The pre-war period gave him the opportunity to pass for Leading Writer, PO Writer and the Writer element of Paymaster Sub Lieutenant by 1936. Athol enjoyed an interesting career and had fond memories about his time in "Pussers". In 1939 Athol was the Material Officer in HMAS Canberra. He was Duty Officer on 03 September, 1939 when he was required to decipher the War Declaration Message and then recall the Captains and Ships companies to their ships. He later typed more than 130 pages of instructions to all authorities for the first big convey of soldiers from New Zealand and Australia to the Far East. Athol was wounded when HMAS Canberra was sunk in the Battle of Savo. He also served in the Korean War as well as WWII in HMA Ships Sydney and Vengence. Athol retired from HMAS Kuttabul in November, 1964, after serving a short period with his son Geoff at the same base. He worked as an Accountant until November, 1984 when he retired and took up golf. After his wife Dulcie passed away in 2011 he moved to the South Coast of New South Wales. In 2004 Athol was recognised as the oldest Commander on the Retired List. VADM Chris Ritchie, RAN(R) sent Athol a note and a Certificate of Service to honour this achievement. Athol Rose passed away peacefully at the Illawarra Retirement Village at Dalmeny on Monday 10 February, 2014. He was 99 years and 3 months old when he died, and leaves five sons "with a pile of good memories about his time in the RAN". Athol Rose O1003 joined the RAN as a Writer and attended Recruit Course from 30 May until 16 August, 1933. Athol Rose promoted to Acting Probationary Paymaster Sub Lieutenant on 12 July, 1937.