Lieutenant-Colonel A.D.S. Rogers O.B.E., T.D. (1885 - 1966)
Obituary taken from the St Georges Gazette, 31st December 1966.
Alfred Denys Strickland Rogers, who died in Newcastle upon Tyne General Hospital on 9th July, 1966, in his 81st year, was commisioned in 1908 in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Duke of Cambridges Own (Middlesex Regiment) (Volunteer Forces). After qualifying as a solicitor in London he came to Newcastle upon Tyne and transferred to the 6th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. On the day of mobilisation for war in 1914 he married Grace, daughter of Colonel W.M. Angus, C.B., R.A. A serious illness prevented him from embarking with the first line Battalion so he was temporarily transferred to the second line for home duties, but he later went to France and took part in the Battle of the Aisne where he sustained a wound. After the war he continued to serve in the re-formed 6th Battalion, which he commanded from 1924-1928, being gazetted Brevet Colonel on being transferred to the T.A. Reserve
After retiring from the T.A., Denys Rogers devoted his spare time activities to charitable work. For many years he was secretary of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance, Chairman of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne and Chairman of the Governors of Dame Allan's School. He was President of the Newcastle Law Society in 1946/47 and was also keenly interested in politics, for some time being Chairman of the Newcastle (West) Conservative Association. In 1939 he formed the 11th Northumberland Battalion Local Defense Volunteers (later the Home Guard) and commanded it until 1943. He was awarded the O.B.E. for political and public services in 1953.
Although in his later years handicapped by failing eyesight and ill health, Deny Rogers continued, until a few weeks before his death, to participate actively in business and in the voluntary works with which he had been associated for so long, and in the fields of which he had earned himself a high reputation for his comprehensive knowledge and ability to reconsile sometimes completely opposing elements. At the Memorial Service held in Newcastle Cathedral, the Bishop paid tribute to his work. Col. Rogers is survived by his widow and his son and daughter.
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