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11th November 2022

The Reverend John Henry Lewis ROWLANDS
(1947 - 2022)

It is with very deep regret that we record the death of Reverend Chancellor John Rowlands. Having been Chaplain of St David's College, Lampeter, he moved to Cardiff to become the Director of Studies at St Michael's Theological College, Llandaff. Later, he became Rector to the Rectorial Benefice of Whitchurch at St Mary's Parish Church, where he remained until retirement. He joined the Captain Scott Society soon after his arrival in Cardiff, and agreed to become our Chaplain. For many years, he led and directed our annual Service of Six Lessons and Carols, first in St John's Church, The Hayes and later in St Mary's. Each year, on the occasion of Captain Scott's birthday, he led a short service at the foot of the 'Antarctic 100' monument in Cardiff Bay. In 2017, He retired and moved to New Quay, Cardigan. He was always an active member of the society attending our dinners and deliveing the grace that he composed:

'For Captain Scott and the Spirit of Adventure,
For the memory of those who died, striving for the Antarctic goal,
For our Society, its aims and endeavours,
For this food and all His mercies,
Thank God.'

We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Catryn, and family.

Vice Admiral Rory McLean
(1950 - 2021)

Vice Admiral Rory Alastair Ian McLean,CB, OBE, a one-time resident of Cardiff, was our most decorated member. His illustrious service to the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and his country is a matter of public record. His success in securing distinguished guest speakers for the Annual Dinners of Cardiff's United Services Mess over many years was legendary. For the Captain Scott Society, the Admiral took particular interest in a project in which the Society, at one time, sought to achieve the building of a near-full size replica of the SS Terra Nova for use as a modern, practical sailing vessel dedicated to maritime training, exploration and research. Sadly, this was not to be. He exercised his influence in assisting the Society to secure the transfer of the expedition binnacle of the Terra Nova from Naval stores, in Portsmouth, on long term loan to the City of Cardiff to be exhibited in the Pier Head Building in Cardiff Bay. This was achieved his extremely busy itinerary as a seagoing Captain of Capital ships and, at the MoD. His influence persuaded the Government to abandon the individual, outmoded regional military hospitals in favour of a centralised tri-service facility at Selly Oak, on the campus of the Birminham Accident Hospital. His period as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Health) did much to ensure that casualties airlifted from Helmand Province, Afghanistan, received a coordinated program of resuscitation, transfer to the UK, treatment and rehabilitation that was eminently fit for purpose. Despite his extremely busy commitment to the Service, he remained a loyal friend to the Society and to several of its members. We were honoured to know him.

Surgeon Cdr. P. L Jones