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Donald Gosling, owner of M/V Leander and founder of National Car Parks, has died age 90.
Sir Donald served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War on board the cruiser HMS Leander.

Second World War veteran and benefactor of naval charities Sir Donald Gosling has died. Sir Donald served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War on board the cruiser HMS Leander. He was first appointed to the Royal Naval Reserve by Her Majesty The Queen in 1993, initially in the rank of Captain.

During his life, Sir Donald was a generous benefactor to naval charities and a trustee of the Fleet Air Arm museum, and is the Vice President of Seafarers UK. He also had a long association with the White Ensign Association. In April 2012, he became Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom, an honorary position subordinate to the Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy tweeted: "We are saddened to hear of the death of Sir Donald Gosling. "He never forgot his Navy service and was a munificent supporter of HMS Victory and many other National Museum campaigns. "More importantly he was a warm and great-hearted man. He will be greatly missed."

The Old Royal Naval College tweeted that Sir Donald's "generosity and huge contribution to the conservation of the Painted Hall helped bring this beautiful work of art into the public realm to be enjoyed generations to come".

Sir Donald Gosling also saved HMS Victory with a donation of £25m.


Prince Philip and the Queen presenting Sir Donald Gosling with a flag at Windsor Castle during a ceremony making him Vice Admiral of the UK 230412 CREDIT IAN NICHOLSON PA.jpg




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Really sad to hear about this.

Whilst serving in HMS Broadsword, taking part in the peace keeping operations off the Balkan Coast in 1993-94, he organised a variety show which visited all of the RN/RFA ships involved. Some of my younger colleagues didn't (initially) understand the ethos of it - but were all on their feet singing, dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves at the end.

A great loss to the Naval community


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