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John Waring, M.B.E.

page created 15th August 2008, amended/updated Friday, 05 November 2010
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Some things you may not have known about John's earlier life.
From the "Derby Times"
19th October 1945:
derby times report
I'm assuming this is about John even though he's named Jack and the army units differ from the obituary.
For those unfamiliar with military abbreviations, QMS is Quarter Master Sergeant, a position with the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 (same as a Sergeant-Major). ROC was the Royal Ordnance Corps. REME is the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

John Waring M.B.E., landlord of the Three Tuns public house, Bedford Bank East, died on Thursday 22 February 2001, aged 85.
JW behind the bar at Three Tuns
This photo above was kindly provided by Pete Young, a fisherman from Essex who was a regular visitor to Welney for many years.

His grandson John Waring, Jnr, wrote the following obituary for the Welney News, Issue No.20:
"John Waring was born in the year 1915 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The early years are not well known to us, as my grandfather was a very private man. We do know that he joined the armed forces just before the war had begun. He was in the 51st Scots Battalion, which my Grandfather told us, was wiped out in Arnhem. After the war he was decorated with an M.B.E medal. This we have been told vaguely was received for the building of the bridges over the river Rhine. Little else is known about his time in the Army except that he was ranked as a Sergeant major when he left the forces.

He met my grandmother Elisabeth Mabelle and they married in 1946. After he left the forces he began work with the BP Oil Company. This work took him first to Aden and then on to Persia (Saudi Arabia). They stayed out there for many years before retiring. My Grandmother returned a year before Grandfather and decided to surprise him by taking on the tenancy at the Three Tuns Inn. When Grandfather returned to England he found that he still had to work in the pub.

A lot of people I have spoken to say that he would sit with the customers more than serve them. In fact some people have said that if Nan was not around he would tell people to help themselves to a drink. This did not amuse my Grandmother. Fish caught in the river would sometimes be cooked and put on the bar for people to eat. In 34 years I have never known any trouble in the pub but I have known that there was a lot of light-hearted arguing and banter thrown around.

I have spoken to a lot of people recently and I have discovered that nearly everyone of them have told me that they always had trouble buying Grandfather a drink as he would have one ready for them as they became empty. Also people have said that he was "a true gentleman and one of a kind" and I have not heard anyone who had met him say anything against him. Grandfather had travelled the world and met hundreds of people who we are still trying to contact and they all seem to say the same thing, 'It's the end of an era' and a great shame that its all come to an end."

jw on stool
John in more typical pose
cigarette in hand sitting on "his" stool
in the public bar at the Three Tuns

John's gravestone
in St Mary's Churchyard, Welney.
Pete Young for photo of John behind bar.
Derby Times article from Webmaster's Three Tuns Collection
page design © Welney Website, 2010
Added by Webmaster in 2008: according to his gravestone John was born in September 1916, not 1915 as in the obituary above. John became the landlord of the Three Tuns after his wife "Mabs" (Mabel, not Mabelle as above) Waring died in 1995; On John's death in 2001 the pub closed and in October/November 2008 the now sadly deteriorated building was demolished.
Related pages on this website
The Three Tuns home page (due Dec)
Three Tuns demolition report
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