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Captain Sir Arthur Rostron, K.B.E., R.D., R.N.R., for many years Commodore
of the Cunard Fleet and one of the most famous of the commanders of the
Mauretania, died at the Cottage Hospital, Chippenham, on Monday, after a
short illness.

Arthur Henry Rostron was born in 1869, and was educated at Bolton High
School and in H.M. Schoolship Conway, in which he was a cadet in 1885-86. He
joined the Cunard Steamship Company in 1896. In 1912 he was in the Carpathia
when that liner resued 710 survivors from the Titanic disaster. He commanded
the Mauretania from 1915 to 1926, an eventful period (including the last
War), during which she was at the height of her fame and rendered maximum
service to the country. Later he commanded the Berengaria. He retired in
1931, and wrote a book. entitled "Home from the Sea."

A fine seaman, Rostron also found time to be a genial host in the great
liners he commanded. He was at least as well known in the United States as
in the United Kingdom. He received the Congressional Medal of Honour and the
Freedom of the City of New York, and he was a Chevalier de la Legion
d'honneur. He married Ethel Minnie Stothert, and there were three sons and a
daughtcr of the marriage.

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