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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


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Donald Clayton (Bud) Rose




49792-H, RCN


Born: 21 Jun 1941, St. John's, Newfoundland


Died: 11 Jun 2021, St. John's, Newfoundland


ROSE, Donald Clayton (Bud) - age 79, passed away peacefully at The Miller Center, in the presence of his wife, Stella.


Predeceased by his parents, first wife, two children, three sisters and one brother.


Leaving to mourn, his wife Stella (nee Gambin) of 39 years, daughters Tammy Butt (Kurt Butt) and Stella Gambin (Robert de Boer), four grandchildren Timothy, Kristopher, Johnathan, and Joost, two great-grandchildren Lincoln and Charlotte, as well as a circle of relatives and friends.


Cremation has taken place. A graveside committal service will be held on July 2 , 2021, at 2 p.m. in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


Donations in his memory may be made to the War Amps.



Donald (Bud) Rose:  I was born in 1941 in 'war time' St. John's, Newfoundland - which was under direct control of the Royal Canadian Navy.  Two factors were to have a great impact on my life. The first; one of the Royal Canadian Navy's four fire stations (HMCS Avalon) was built on LeMarchant Road in 1941, just a few minutes' walk from my home. At war's end, the navy firefighters left and this station and all navy fire apparatus went to the St. John's Fire Dept. When I left for HMCS CORNWALLIS in 1961, the city was still using RCN fire apparatus.


The second was finding myself in a C L B uniform in 1951. This would lead to my joining RCSCC TERRA NOVA and HMCS CABOT (Naval Reserves),  and then to active naval status in 1961.


In addition to the above, there was family influence.  My joining the Navy made me the fourth generation to do so.

1st Generation:


Grandfather Capt. Marmaduke Rose:  Born 1865  Died 1944.  He skippered the Ocean Going Rescue Tug D.P. Ingraham which was seconded to RCN 1914 to 1918.

2nd Generation:


Great Uncle James W. Rose:  Born 13 Aug 1894.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1914, service # 1444X.  He paid supreme sacrifice 12 Feb 1917. He was serving in HMT EUSTON, a Royal Navy Mine Sweeper.  She hit a German min and sank near Hartlepool, England


Great Uncle John W. Rose:  Born 30 Aug 1892?. He enlisted in the Navy in 1914, service # 1520X. = Great Uncle = Enlisted 1914 Service # 1520X. He served in Royal Navy vessels out of England. He made the RN a career and did not return to Newfoundland.


3rd Generation:

Uncle William (Herbert) Rose:  Born 1894  Died 1927. He enlisted in the Navy in 1915, service #2306X. He chose to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy and served in Coastal Drifter CD-25 operating out of St. John's, Newfoundland. He was discharge in 1918 at St. John's.

4th Generation: 


Donald C. (Bud) Rose: A Life in Uniform

First Uniform: 1951. Following confederation with Canada in 1949, a move was on to start up the Canadian cadet movements in Newfoundland. The C L B (Church Lads Brigade) is a militaristic type organization (founded in 1891) and became concerned with the possible loss of future applicants to these corps. As a result, a decision was made to restart the Junior Training Corps which was suspended during WW II. Yours truly joined in 1951 at the age of 10 and was assigned to "D" platoon. The age limit was 10 to 13 years. First promoted to Lance Corporal and then to Corporal in charge of "D" platoon.


Second Uniform: in 1954 joined the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Terra Nova. In 1955 attended the national training camp at Point Edward Nave Base - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Cadets also had the opportunity to tour Canada's last "Light Cruiser" - HMCS QQUEBEC. (D/C) In 1956 received training at sea aboard HMCS OUTREMONT.


Third Uniform: 1959: Being too old for the sea cadets, I was told to "go ashore" Shortly thereafter; I received a written request to join the ship's company of HMCS CABOT, the Naval Reserve Division in St. John's. Accepted


Forth Uniform: 1961: Transferred to RCN standing force. Trained at Cornwallis which included 'Sun Set Ceremony" performed in Yarmouth NS. Drafted to HMCS IROQUOIS which was undergoing dockside refit at Halifax.  She had numerous sea cruises in 1962, then I was assigned to 'mothballing' crew. I received shipboard injury on 12 Oct 62 and was transferred to naval hospital and then drafted to HMCS STADACONA. In Feb 1963 I was drafted to HMCS ATHABASKAN which was in dockyard refit at Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel Que. In Apr 1963 she was re-commissioned and we sailed to Halifax for workups. Sea duty until March 1964 the transferred to HMCS STADACONA for release.


Fifth Uniform: 1964; Temporary Service = Canadian Hydrographic Survey Ship Investigator II. Joined Wabush Mines Industrial Safety Division, providing first response in Fire / Safety and Security, in conjunction with the RCMP. Industry was keen to take advantage of the skills and knowledge of all the ex-servicemen becoming available. I was back in uniform again but with a slight difference. This time the uniform came with a badge.

Sixth Uniform; 1970; Based on both military training and industrial experience, was asked to join the Churchill Falls Labrador Corp, with their Fire / Project Police Dept. Duties included the operation of a Structural Fire Station / Airport Crash Station / Mine Rescue Station. The Project Police provide 24 hr. town and highway patrol service and worked in conjunction with the RCMP.


Seventh Uniform: 1974; After 10 years in Labrador, moved to Ottawa. Work (under contract with Dept. of External Affairs) involved armed security for the Foreign Diplomatic Service located in Ottawa. While the duty involved working in conjunction with "A" division of the RCMP, it was mostly plain cloths. A uniform was issued however as there were times when personnel in uniform were required. This time the uniform came with a side arm. (Foot note; Up until this time, the only police officers carrying side arms in Nfld were the RCMP)


In 1976 I joined the Dept. of External Affairs (Foreign Service / Security & intelligence branch) and for the next five years served overseas in: New York / Washington / Moscow and Bond Germany. (The cold war was not as yet over and Bond was the current capital not Berlin) A shirt, tie and business suit was now my uniform.


Eighth Uniform: 1981; having lost my wife to cancer (she was with me since my navy days) I was seconded to the Office of the Dominion Fire Commissioner for Canada, and posted to the new district office in St. John's NL. As this was a commissioned officer position, and a uniform (and badge) was issued, although most work was done in civilian clothes. The position involved a close working relationship with both the Dept. of National Defense and the RCMP. The NL office closed in 1998 and I was posted back in Ottawa.


Ninth Uniform: 1998; Became a member of the Bytown Fire Brigade. [Museum / Historical Society] in Ottawa, dedicated to preserving the history of firefighting in Canada. The uniform was a replica of that worn by the original members of the Bytown {now Ottawa} Fire Brigade in the 1860s.


In 2000, having done the whole nine yards, I retired from active service with the Government of Canada. 


I was awarded the Governor General of Canada - Exemplary Service Medal with 2 Bars for 40 years of exemplary service to the people of Canada; the Royal Canadian Humane Association Certificate for Life Saving; the Dominion Fire Commissioner Certificate of Commendation in recognition of efforts in promoting fire safety.


After retiring I commenced actives and fire research with the Bytown Fire Brigade. Obtained a 1923 Maxim Hook & Ladder City Service Fire Truck which had not been used since 1966. We brought this truck to Ottawa Ottawa - it was researched and totally restored and in 2010 it was returned to its original owner - The Sharon Fire Dept. - Sharon Massachusetts. It was used as the lead vehicle in their 250 anniversary parade in 2015.


I returned to St. John's to finish writing my book "Bridging the Gap - the 300 year creation of the Newfoundland Government fire department for the city of St. John's". This creation involved both the Royal Navy in the 1700s and 1800s; and the Royal Canadian Navy in the 1900s. During this time I research and located the oldest fire engine in Canada - a 1748 Newsham Fire Engine. This engine was brought to Fort Point Newfoundland in 1748 by the Royal Navy and has survived the passing of time.


Ships served in:

HMCS CABOT - Enlisted in the RCN(R)

HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in IROQUOIS 1961-1962

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in ATHABASKAN 20 Feb 1963 - Mar 1964



RCN Memories:  A Cornwallis Birthday



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(1) Bud Rose at HMCS CABOT  (2) West First Station, St. John's, NFLD  (3) 250th Anniversary - Ladder No.1 leading the parade.  (4) Bud Rose sporting his new hat  (5) Bud Rose



Photos (below) from the collections of Marmaduke Rose and William Herbert Rose


Captain Marmaduke Rose served in DP Ingraham and his second eldest son William Herbert Rose served in  CD-25 and DP Ingraham as part of the Royal Navy Reserve - assigned to the new RCN. Captain Rose's eldest son (Robert Clayton Rose) was serving in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during WW I, and was the individual responsible for the preservation of these photos. He in turn passed on the collection along with his knowledge of events to his second eldest son Donald Clayton (Bud) Rose, then serving with the Royal Canadian Navy.


Other photos from the collection of Duke and William Rose are on the pages for DP Ingraham and CD-25.


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(1) Royal Newfoundland Naval Reserve Band - 1914  (2-3) World War I Canadian troop ship  (4) TRs in Harbour - 14 Oct 1918  (5) Unknown ship (6) Unknown TR  (7) Royal Navy Mersey Class TR  (8) Royal Navy Strath Class TR  (9) Marmaduke Rose  (10) HMT Euston - this was the ship that James W. Rose lost his life on.







In October 1951, ONTARIO sailed to the east coast where after arrival, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh sailed on the cruiser from Sydney, Nova Scotia, through the Cabot Strait to Newfoundland during the Royal Visit. The ship returned to Esquimalt following the tour, arriving in December.


(BR11-BR13) HMCS ONTARIO departing St John's, Newfoundland with Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

(BR14) HMCS ONTARIO arriving at St. John's, NFLD on 11 Oct 1951 with the Duchess and Duke of Edinburgh



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