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Name: ALLEN, Robert Kenneth 'Ba'

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Nee: brother of Frank Maurice 'Bunny' Allen and John Denys Allen

Birth Date: 10 Dec 1903 London

Death Date: 2 Aug 1979 Bringsty, Worcester

First Date: 1926

Profession: Member of Kenya Police Boxing Team 1930 (Source: Rev. Laws)

Area: Machakos, Lamu, Nairobi 1939, 1930 PO Makuyu

Married: 1933 - Cynthia Ryan, sister of Bill Ryan, later 1943 - Mrs Nat Kofsky

Children: Jesse Patrick (1936)

Book Reference: Habari 21, Quest, Telegraph, Kingsley-Heath, First Wheel, Second Wheel, Staff 39, Red 31, Hut, Colonial

School: Borlase School, Marlow

General Information:

Quest - Petley's Bar ........... Ba Allen, known in Swahili as the Laughing One, may expound to you on the wiles and charms of Ethiopian ladies or his gypsy heritage ..... If Ba's brother 'Bunny' is in town, dressed in a calypso shirt and his one gold ear-ring he will explain to you the intricacies of brewing palm wine. ........… Chris Minter:- Machakos 1926, NFD 1940, Lamu 1958
Daily Telegraph - 18 Feb 2002 - Bunny Allen's obituary - …..1927 .. Kenya, where his two older brothers were already working. One of these, Ba Allen, later became Haile Selassie's chief of police.
Kingsley-Heath - Retired Kenya police superintendent of the NFD. Speared through the chest by a Somali tribesman in the Ogaden, southern Ethiopia, but survived. Retired to Lamu, Kenya coast. Younger brother of Bunny. Also a distinguished welterweight boxer. Killed in a motor accident while visiting North Wales.
First Wheel - 1927 - "Buster has laid on a hunt for you [Bunny Allen] this coming weekend. He is off to Embu on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya." Buster Cook was a school friend of ours who had come out to Kenya with Ba the previous year.
Second Wheel - [Ethiopia] - During the war years Ba had been Commissioner of Police to the Emperor. After that he had taken on various government posts, and at present was in charge of Desert Locust Control in Addis.
Dominion - Asst. Inspector, Kenya Police in 1939, appointed 1939. Originally 2nd Grade Asst. Insp. 1934. CID in 1939; seconded, supt. Ethiopia 1943; BMA, EA & ME (police wing of Somali gendarmerie) 1946; supt. police (police serv. unit) Uganda 1950

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