2Lt Michael Ross, B Company 2RAR
We are sad to announce the death on 6th February in London of Mike Ross, after a short illness.
Mike had a very distinguished education at Falcon College, becoming a College Prefect and Captain of Hockey. He attended Cape Town University obtaining a B.Comm.
After having been Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from his National Service Officer Cadet Course, Mike served with B Company, 2nd Battalion, The Rhodesian African Rifles (2 RAR) from May 1978 to June 1979 based in Ft Victoria (Masvingo).
During this time he was involved in extensive combat operations during which he commanded his men with considerable courage and determination. He was mature beyond his years which was reflected in his outstanding efforts to establish confidence with the residents of Buchwa Mine, where he and his platoon were detached for several months. He completely re-organised the defensive systems of the mine and town, a difficult task for one so young and junior as it involved coordinating numerous disparate agencies including the police, civic authorities and mine management. Unusually for one so young – and to his credit – he was recommended for the award of the MLM (Member of the Order of the Legion of Merit) for his work at Buchwa for ‘distinguished service to Rhodesia’; regrettably the prevailing political situation at the time of its award prevented Mike being awarded this prestigious medal. A man of considerable integrity, he was highly respected by his superiors and soldiers alike.
He qualified as a CA in London with Peat Marwick Mitchell (as it then was) and became a very successful international merchant banker with Barings and ultimately JP Morgan. He left JP Morgan to establish one of the leading high-end safari companies in Southern Africa, Mike Ross Africa Travel Ltd. He was also a generous benefactor to Falcon College.
Our thoughts are with his wife Amanda, and their three children, David, Annie and William.
“ …. Fambai zvakanaka, Ishe…….”
Courtesy of Patrick Lawless,