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KIA 1965 Kenya - Military?

 
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kenmorrison



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject: KIA 1965 Kenya - Military? Reply with quote

PHILIP McCLELLAN SMITH
Born 1926 Kirkgunzeon. KIA 14/9/1965 Kenya.
Family Grave in Kirkgunzeon Churchyard.
Not sure if there is any military connection. Not listed on Armed Forces Memorial nor by SNWM.
I assume he was killed during the "Mau Mau Emergency" so could have been police, police reserve, paramilitary, etc.
I'll check local paper but any other ideas?



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Adam Brown



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The list of names here is of settlers killed during the Mau-mau uprising

http://genforum.genealogy.com/kenya/messages/420.html

He's not a settler and not armed forces which suggests he was perhaps in the Police?

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Adam Brown



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just noticed the date is 1965 and not 1956...
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kenmorrison



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed I assumed that this must have been connected to the Mau Mau as I couldn't think of another reason for a KIA -
memo to self, check dates!! Embarassed

I've just found this on Wikipedia:

The Shifta War (19631967) was a secessionist conflict in which ethnic Somalis in the Northern Frontier District (NFD) of Kenya (a region that is and has historically been almost exclusively inhabited by ethnic Somalis[1][2][3]) attempted to join with their fellow Somalis in a Greater Somalia.

I'm now wondering if this man was a member of the Kenyan military.

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spoons



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we cannot find out with certainty, I would rather see a doubtful one listed on the project than miss one who qualified.

\Paul
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Adam Brown



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say that even if we never identify his unit the fact that he is listed as killed in action qualifies him for this project.

I've seen photographs of white officers in the Zambian army after independence so there's no reason to suppose Kenya was any different in the years after 1963 and I've found a reference that the Kenyan Army commander in 1966 was British.

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