Naval funeral at Milton

Naval funeral at Milton

24th September 1920

Portsmouth Evening News Saturday 25 September 1920, page 7 NAVAL FUNERAL AT MILTON. Commander-in-Chief’s Tribute. The interment took place on Friday at Milton Cemetery, Portsmouth, amid impressive scenes, of Mr. G. Wroe, pensioner C.P.O., and late canteen manager of H.M.S. Excellent, whose death occurred on Tuesday at his home, 60, Gladys-avenue, North End. The funeral was carried out with full naval honours, the gun-carriage party and firing party being supplied by the Excellent. The Rev. G. H. Weaver conducted the burial services at St. Mark’s Church, London-road, and at the graveside. The polished oak coffin was inscribed, George Wroe, died September 21st, 1920, aged 68 years. The chief mourners were Messrs. George and Edwin Wroe' (sons), C. Shervell and J. Fabian (brothers-in-law), Councillor J. W. W. Taylor, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Rea, Mr. J. E. Lane, and Mr. Young; while there were several representatives of the Landport Lodge of Freemasons, of which deceased was a member. One of the floral tributes came from the Commander-ia- Chief (Admiral Sir A. Somerset Gough Calthorpe, G.C.M.G., K.C.Y.O., C.M.G.), and bore the following inscription : A tribute Instructor in Gunnery, 1885.” It was only a few weeks ago, when the Commander-in-Chief inspected Whale Island, that he recognised Mr. Wroe as the Chief Instructor who had taken him through gunnery as a lieutenant in 1883. Colonel Sir William Dupree also sent a magnificent tribute, and the number of wreaths, etc., totalled over 50.

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    Born 1851

    Died 1920

    Royal Navy 60129 Chief Petty Officer HMS Cruiser

    Royal Navy 60129 Chief Petty Officer HMS Trafalgar

    Royal Navy Canteen Manager Admiralty Civilian - HMS Excellent