David Rose (Guyanese politician)

Sir David James Gardiner Rose GCMG CVO MBE CPM (10 April 1923 – 10 November 1969) was Governor-General of Guyana from 1966 to 1969.

Sir David Rose
2nd Governor-General of Guyana
In office
16 December 1966 – 10 November 1969
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterForbes Burnham
Preceded bySir Richard Luyt
Sir Kenneth Sievewright Stoby (acting)
Succeeded bySir Edward Luckhoo
Personal details
David James Gardiner Rose

(1923-04-10)10 April 1923
Mahaica, British Guiana (now Guyana)
Died10 November 1969(1969-11-10) (aged 46)
London, England
Resting placeGeorgetown, Guyana


Rose was born in Mahaica in British Guiana on 10 April 1923,[1] and was educated at Mount St Mary's College in England.[2] Returning to British Guiana in 1948, following World War II, the newly wed Rose joined the colonial police force and later became Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime).[1] In 1960-61 he was appointed as defence 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.[3] He was then transferred to a newly independent Guyana, where he served as Governor General from 1966 to 1969.[1]

He was killed in an accident while visiting London to relinquish his post. He had been luncheoning at the West Indian Club, Whitehall Court, when some scaffolding collapsed upon a car in which he found himself.[4]

The honours he received included the Colonial Police Medal with bar for gallantry, and the highest award of Guyana, the Order of Excellence, which was awarded posthumously in 1970.[1]

He was the first to be buried at the Place of Heroes inside the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown, Guyana.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Remembering Sir David Rose on his 50th death anniversary". Kaieteur News Online. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Fun Facts". Private School Fees. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Index Ro-Ry". Rulers.org. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. ^ Clover, David (2007). "The West Indian Club Ltd: an early 20th century West Indian interest in London". The Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference Papers. 8.
Government offices
Preceded by Governor General of Guyana
1966 – 1969
Succeeded by