Alan Rose

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Sir Alan Rose
28th Attorney General of Ceylon
In office
23 October 1947 – 1951
Preceded byChellappah Nagalingam
Succeeded byHema Henry Basnayake
3rd Chief Justice of the Colony of Singapore
In office
Appointed byWilliam Allmond Codrington Goode
Preceded byJohn Whyatt
Succeeded byPost abolished
1st Chief Justice of the State of Singapore
In office
Appointed byWilliam Allmond Codrington Goode
Preceded byPost created
Succeeded byWee Chong Jin
30th Chief Justice of Ceylon
In office
Appointed byHenry Monck-Mason Moore
Preceded byEdward Jayetileke
Succeeded byHema Henry Basnayake
Chellappah Nagalingam
as acting
Personal details
Born(1899-10-08)8 October 1899
London, England
Died20 June 1975(1975-06-20) (aged 75)
Brighton, Sussex
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Sir Alan Edward Percival Rose KCMG QC (8 October 1899 – 20 June 1975) was a British barrister and colonial judge who was the 30th Chief Justice of Ceylon and the first Chief Justice of the State of Singapore.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Rose was born in London, the son of author Charles Edward Rose. He was educated at Aldenham School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He served in the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade of the British Army in World War I.[2] He was called to the bar in 1923.[1]


Rose served in the Colonial Legal Service from 1929–42 in Fiji, Rhodesia and Palestine.[2] After serving as Solicitor General of British Palestine, Rose became Commissioner in charge of investigating corruption in the Customs Department in 1942 before serving in Ceylon until 1955. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ceylon in 1945, served as Legal Secretary in 1946–47 and Attorney General of Ceylon from 1947–51,[3] before being appointed the 30th Chief Justice of Ceylon. He was appointed in 1952 succeeding Edward Jayetileke and was Chief Justice until 1956. He was succeeded by Hema Henry Basnayake.[4]

He initially retired following his appointment in Ceylon, but stayed active. In 1956, he chaired the Commission of Enquiry into the affairs of Nairobi City Council. In 1958, on the strength of his service in Ceylon, he was chosen as Chief Justice of Singapore and served during the period of time in which the colony achieved independence.[1][5][6][7]

Rose was knighted in 1950 and created a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1955. He finally retired in 1963.[1]

Rose return to England and died in Brighton in 1975.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sir Alan Rose – Colonial Legal Service". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 27 June 1975. p. 14.
  2. ^ a b c Corfield, J. (2010). Historical Dictionary of Singapore. Scarecrow Press. p. 227. ISBN 9780810873872. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ Corfield, Justin (2010). Historical Dictionary of Singapore. Scarecrow Press. pp. 227–288. ISBN 9780810873872. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Overview". Judicial Service Commission Secretariat. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Sir Alan Rose arrives today". The Straits Times. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  6. ^ Campbell, Fiona. "Jews in Sri Lanka". Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  7. ^ ROSE, Sir Alan (Edward Percival). Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 7 January 2013. closed access publication – behind paywall
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Whyatt
Chief Justice of Singapore
Succeeded by
Wee Chong Jin
Preceded by
Edward Jayetileke
Chief Justice of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Hema Henry Basnayake
Chellappah Nagalingam
as acting