We are saddened to hear about the passing of Captain Peter Voute, our first Knight Commander.

Heather Langlois, Chief Executive Officer of the St John Guernsey charity said: “When the Commandery of St John in Guernsey was first formed in 2012, Peter was appointed as our very first Knight Commander. Being a Commandery meant that even though we retained our ties with the Priory of St John England, we became an independent entity. Peter made a much valued contribution to the history of St John Guernsey, providing oversight and counsel during what was a significant period of change. He brought a wealth of experience and wisdom to the role as well as being a loyal supporter and advocate for St John for after his retirement.”

Mark Mapp, Chief Executive Officer of Guernsey’s Ambulance and Rescue Service also paid tribute: “Captain Peter Voute’s leadership marked a pivotal moment for Guernsey as it transitioned to a self-governing commandery, bringing local St John assets under regional control while remaining affiliated with the Priory of England and the Islands. Captain Voute’s tenure was characterised by his profound pride in overseeing an organisation that stood out within the global Order of St John for its comprehensive range of services. Under his stewardship, the ambulance service in Guernsey not only continued its long tradition of land-based assistance but also celebrated a rich history of rescue operations—a facet of the service that filled Peter with immense pride. His vision and dedication to St John have left an indelible legacy, reflecting a commitment to excellence and compassion that will be sorely missed.”

Phil Ozanne, Community Operations Manager for St John Guernsey charity said: “Peter was a very warm and approachable person and was one of those people you could always have an informal chat with if you needed any advice or guidance. I know that he will be missed by all who knew him. The thoughts of all those associated with St John are with his family at this time.”

The flag at the Rohais has been flying at half mast as a mark of respect. Our thoughts are with Peter’s family at this time.

Posted: February 26, 2024