What became of Errol's sister 'Rosemary'?

15 Feb

Dear Fellow 'EF' bloggers, It never ceases to amaze me,the broad stratum of info out there on Errol's life and times. With your 'super sleuth' ability it would seem that we all enjoy a new thread in the rich fabric of Errol's life on a weekly basis. Playing on those averages then , Im second guessing that someone knows something about Errol's sister ? After marrying an 'Airforce Officer' by the name of 'Warner' ( how ironic) and moving to the 'States' her trail seems to go relatively cold. I'd really like to know if Errol had any nieces or nephews??  Well I have every faith that one of you knows something and would greatly appreciate any notes you would care to share.

Travel well . Best&Kindest, Chris

— Chris


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  1. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    LOL we've all been discussing this very subject under Warriors or the Dark Advenger 1955. We should do a recap here. . . .also I would like to know where is she buried, is her husband still alive . . . .

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  2. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Rosemary was 61 when she died of cancer at the U.S. Air Force Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. She had lived with her husband, retired Air Force officer, Charles Warner, in Washington, D.C. until 1974, where she was ative in the Washington Opera Society, the Women's Committe of The National Symphony Orchestra, and worked in the gift shop of the National Cathedral. She and her husband then moved to Limeuil in the Dordogne area of France where, presumably she is buried. No children are apparent, and her husband's fate is unknown–at least to me at this point! Hope this helps.

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  3. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Thank you Robert! I've been curious about Rosemary.

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  4. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Many thanx for your info Robert..much appreciated. I wonder what her relationship with Errol was like ?

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  5. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Robert- Absolutely excellent job! I was somewhat clumsily quoting research you had done before. There are certainly some talented and knowledgeable Errol Flynn scholars on this blog and on Zaca(Yahoo). It is a pleasure to deal with so many who know absolutely what they are talking about( Robert, David, Karl, Ralph, Tina, just to name a few. There are certainly more who fit this description. Kevin K.

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  6. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    From all sources they evidently had a very warm relationship. She visited with him on numerous ocassions, including what may have been the last in early 1959. Any photos of them together generally portray a lightheartedness, and one can be relatively sure Errol had a soft spot in his heart for lil' sis.

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  7. Anonymous

    February 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    To further supplement this info, and at the same time, give a little more of the Charles connection which will also better “explain” the background to the excerpts of a couple of stories below.
    Charles A Warner was born in 1908 (about E's age) in Geneva, Nebraska. A graduate from the University of Chicago (PhB), he was on active duty with the Army Air Force during WW2, and afterwards, was a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
    He married Rosemary in 1947.
    “Although they lived in various military posts both here and abroad, they maintained their principle residence in Washington DC from 1950-1972” (another version reports 1974?) where he did consulting (as a policy analyst) with the Research and Analysis Corporation, and other organizations. Thereafter retiring to France.
    She passed away on 6/30/81; whereas he survived her by many years though finally passing at home in Limeuil, of congestive heart failure, on 8/22/99, at the ripe old age of 91. There were no immediate survivors reported for either death which probably explains why there never was a mention of “other children” in Errol's life.
    Best- Karl
    From: Theodore T Flynn (1883-1968) article…
    … In 1947 Rosemary married Charles Warner a staff officer in the United States Air Force. Theo Flynn retired in 1948 and went to Jamaica to manage Errol's Estate near Port Antonio. Theo both enjoyed sailing on Errol’s yacht Zaca but Marelle was never comfortable too far away from London and Paris. She would regularly return to Europe from Jamaica when Rosemary lived in Germany. Most of her family suffered with heart disease and Marelle had a heart attack in 1950.She rebuilt relationship with her family and spent Christmas with her sister in Florida in 1950. She was an inveterate traveller particularly enjoying driving herself through Europe and in 1951 her motoring resulted in a serious accident and Charles Warner laid on the resources of the Air Force to fly his mother-in-law to hospital …
    … T T Flynn suffered a mild stroke in 1959. He and Mareele had left Jamacia the previous year and Errol was most concerned for in the eight years they had spent in Jamacia the two had become very close. Errol died later in the same year and the grieving parents moved to Italy for an extended holiday. Theo liked the climate and the life and so they sold their house in St. Albans, Hertfordshire and a bought a penthouse in Vermimiglia overlooking the sea. However the elevator was tempremental and climbing the stairs to the seventh floor was too much for too peolple nearly seventy years old one with a bad heart and the other having had a stroke. Charles Warner had returned to the Pentagon and Rosemary settled back into life in Washington. So Theo and Marelle returned to England. Around 1961 they moved to Woodingdean, near Brighton in Sussex. Marelle died at there in january 1968 after being hit by a car outside herhome some weeks earlier. Theo went to stay with Rosemary and Charles for a year and a half and then moved to a nursing home at Liss, Hampshire where he died aged eighty-five on 23 October 1968 …

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  8. Anonymous

    February 18, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Karl, thanks so much for posting this. Great information (the dates seem a bit scrambled–if Marelle died in 1968 and Theo stayed with Rosemary for a year and a half, did he really die in 1968?). Connecting everything up is great fun!

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  9. Anonymous

    February 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Kathleen-
    It is something of a jumble, certainly, when it comes to HER death date. With Theodore's, you practically trip over its consistency, throughout the internet, and books of reference- and is even confirmed in the NY Times reporting of his passing.
    Lily Mary (or May) (Marelle) Young Flynn's date of death is anyone's guess until an obit or some other proof turns up. While some say it's October 1967, or (as in this case) January 1968, Meyers, in Inherited Risk and in a footnote, without attribution, says that it was January 1, 1967 … and THAT FITS with the timeline of care in the write up.
    There is a Errol Flynn geneology on the horizon, coming soon (on the internet) as they say … but for those impatient ones who have access to British newspaper indexes from around this time- her name variations (although, over there, the emphasis might be on “Mrs. T” as he was an MBE), plus the different dates, and that Brighton might be the general “area” of focus. (I tried to search the (London) Times OnLine and found NOTHING on either of them).
    GREAT enthusiasm over here on the blog!
    Best- Karl

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  10. Maria

    August 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm…

    I came across this photo of Rosemary and her fiance James Elliott in a magazine called Old Belfast. Rosemary looks like her mother.

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