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GI Jan Rodda
  25 April 1944 – 28 January 2015  



Joined the RN in August 1959 at HMS ST VINCENT, Gosport, Hampshire.

After Initial Training, he completed his Gunnery training at HMS CAMBRIDGE

He joined his first ship, HMS BERMUDA in Malta. She was a very tired & exhausted WW2 Cruiser whose boilers packed up in Stockholm and was towed back to Guz. The whole crew were transferred to HMS Belfast to complete the Bermuda’s 12 month trip.

The majority of his career was spent at sea, when he did get a shore draft, he went to Whale Island(HMS EXCELLENT). His Ships include BERWICK, CHAWTON, LEANDER, ARIADNE and BACCHANTE.

A GI through and through, ascending the promotion ladder to Warrant Officer 1st Class. He was part of the team responsible for the introduction of 20mm & 30mm Cannons into the Fleet. Other highlights of his career are:

Staff at CinC Fleet (Northwood)

Loaned to the Royal Saudi Navy, training Officers in line with RN Doctrine and BRNC Dartmouth training schedule

He retired from the RN in 1992 where he would have quite happily spent his entire retirement in Cornwall with his wife Pauline. But when his diary allowed, he journeyed over to England every 2nd Thursday of the month to catch up with his gunnery brethren.




I never had the pleasure of knowing him in the Mob but it was the West Country GIs Association that allowed our paths to cross. The thing that comes to mind immediately when I think of him will always be what a truly wonderful guy he was, ever supportive and always had positive things to say about the Branch and the people who are in it nowadays. His loss is most definitely a great one, both inside the Association and outside of it, I’ll miss him.

A true legend.

Rest peacefully mate. Ty




Mr Rodda, since those days back in 81, where you were without a doubt the scariest man in the Royal Navy, I have always admired and had the utmost for you. You have been a good friend to Sam, Georgia, Joe and I and you will be so sorely missed by us all. When I told Georgia she burst into tears. I guess she enjoyed your chats whilst dog walking.

You will be missed by all in Senior Branch of the Senior Service. Hopefully the wonderful Pauline will know where to come if she needs anything in your sad absence.

Secure and Fall Out - Exercise Complete.

Steve Lewis




Known Jan for many years and considered him a very good friend, he never had a bad word to say about anyone and would give good advice if asked for it. Never served on a ship with him but shore bases we always seemed to be there at the same time. I will miss him coming to the GI's meeting and his stories. Jan Rodda will never be forgotten, a true gentleman.

Terry Boyle


Was on "N" GI's course with Jan, we had some good laughs on there, how we ever got through I'll never know. A true gentlemen. He was difficult to understand sometimes with his broad  Janner accent, but when he spoke you listened and then jumped. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Keep a place on the ship in the sky for me. Good bye mate.



It was a pleasure and honour to have known Mr Rodda and worked with him. R.I.P

Dan Beer

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