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Name: JOCE, Frederick Ernest

Birth Date: 1885 South Molton, Devon

Death Date: 22 Apr 1933 hanged in Nairobi

First Date: 1920

Profession: Lt. in KAR (1921), farmer

Area: 1922 Ardingley Est. Kitale, Kiminini

Married: In Kaapstad, S. Africa 26 Nov 1921 Dorothy Wentworth Dixie b. 21 Sep 1897

Children: Moira Wentworth (1 Jan 1925 Kenya-6 Nov 2017 Solihull); Frederick Louis (1926 Kenya-30 May 1950 Johannesburg)

Book Reference: Red 25, Red 31, Hut, Red 22, Medals

War Service: Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry

General Information:

Red 22 - Hoey's Bridge Medals - Belfield's Scouts - Frederick E. Joce, No. 9537, Scout
Gazette - 7/3/1923 - Dissolution of partnership between Capt. Charles Edward Morton and Lieut. Frederick Ernest Joce, carrying on farming operations in the Trans Nzoia District of the Colony of Kenya has been dissolved as from 15 February 1923
Gazette - 26/9/1923 - Voters Register - Plateau North - Frederick Ernest Joce, Planter PO Kitale and Mrs Dorothy Wentworth Joce, Married PO Kitale
His son's death cert says the father's name was Frederick, Louis.
Sunday Mirror Sun 26 Mar 1933 Settler To Die. Kenya murder appeal fails -  unrequited love drama. Nairobi, Saturday. The appeal of Frederick Ernest Joce, a settler, against conviction and sentence of death for the murder of Mrs Mabel Purkiss, wife of a farmer neighbour, was dismissed by the East African Court of Appeal today. The ground of Joce's appeal was insanity. His children - a boy of six and a daughter of seven - are at present staying with their grandmother in London. Mrs Joce, their mother, died a few years ago. Mrs Purkiss, with whom Jose, an ex-officer, was stated to be in love, was shot outside the Elgon Club, Kitale, near the Uganda border. She rejected his advances.
Evening Post Sat 22 Apr 1933 The final request of Frederick Ernest Joce, the Kenya settler, before he went to his execution at Nairobi prison today, for the murder of Mrs Mabel Purkiss, was to choose the hymns to be sung at the prison service tomorrow afternoon. Since he was sentenced to death and the dismissal of his appeal, Joce had established the friendliest relations with the prison staff, and had been granted his special desire to select the hymns for the Sunday services. He asked to do this for the last time when he was visited by the Dean of Nairobi in the death cell this morning, saying 'I shall not be here to attend the service, but I would like this final privilege.' The hymns he chose were: Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow, Lead Kindly Light, and Abide with Me. Joce was a widower and the father of two children at present in England. Mrs Purkiss, who had been in Kenya only a year, was shot last October as she was leaving the Elgon Club about 11 miles from Kitale near the Uganda border where she lived. Jones turned the weapon on himself, but was not dangerously wounded. At the trial, which was at Kitale and lasted four days, the defence submitted that Joce was temporarily insane as a result of depression arising out of the departure of his two young children for England, loss of his farm crops by locust degradations and kidney disease, as a result of which he did not expect to live more than 2 months. He also had an affection for the dead woman which was unrequited. On the day of the tragedy, Joce drank heavily in the Elgon Club until late in the afternoon, when he shot the woman in the back of the head as she is getting into a car.

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