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David James Gardiner Rose
(10 April 1923 – 10 November 1969)

Sir David James Gardiner Rose, GCMG, CVO, MBE, CPM, OE
Former Governor-General of Guyana

Sir David Rose was a governor general of Guyana, appointed in 1966 and governor up to the time of his death in 1969.

Early life and education

Sir David James Gardiner Rose was born on 10 April 1923 and raised in Mahaica in British Guiana. The son of a Georgetown doctor who became a world authority on leprosy, he was educated at the Jesuit school of Mount St. Mary, Derbyshire in England.


After war service with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, he joined the Colonial Police in 1948 Returning to British Guiana following World War II, the newly wed David Rose joined the colonial police force and later became Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime).  In 1960-61 he was appointed as defense officer to the Federal Government of the West Indies Federation in Trinidad. Following the breakup of the Federation, between 1964 and 1966, he was the Administrator of Antigua.  He was then transferred to a newly independent Guyana, where he served as Governor General from 1966 to 1969.

Honours and awards

The honours he received included the Colonial Police Medal #(CPM) with bar for gallantry, Member of the British Empire (MBE, 1954) and Companion of the Victorian Order (CVO, 1966); he was conferred Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1966.

The Order of Excellence of Guyana (OE) was awarded posthumously in 1970.

Personal life

Sir David used to sing with the Georgetown choirs while a policeman, and as Governor-General once sang at a Georgetown charity concert. From time to time he sang in the Cathedral Choir.

Death and legacy

He was in London at the time to relinquish his office prior to Guyana becoming a Republic in Feb. 1970, and was buried at Seven Ponds, known as the Place of Heroes, in the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown.

The David Rose School for the Handicapped, which was established in the 1960s, and Sir David Rose Avenue in Mackenzie, Linden were named in honour of the man who it is said was tipped to be the first president of Guyana.



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David James Gardiner Rose
Occupation Statesman
Date of Birth 10 April 1923
Place of Birth British Guiana
Date of Death 10 November 1969 (aged 46)
Place of Death London, England
Notable Accomplishments
Governor of Guyana: 7 March 1964–26 May 1966
Governor-General of Guyana: 16 December 1966 – 10 November 1969
Country profile Guyana
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