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Name: KIRTON, Lionel Argent

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Nee: nephew of Major Walter Kirton, bro of Walter Kirton

Birth Date: 27 Sep 1899 Brockley, Kent

Death Date: 2 Jan 1988 Hamilton, Ontario

First Date: 1920

Last Date: 1928

Profession: Mechanic, farmer

Area: Kahuguni, Ruiru

Married: In Hamilton, Ontario 1 June 1935 Ethel Marie Montray b. 29 Mar 1907 Hamilton, Ontario, d. 10 Dec 2002 Hamilton

Children: Miriam R. (Macdonald, then Ridge); two others

Book Reference: Red 25, Hut, Red 22, Gazette

War Service: Egyptian Expeditionary Force, RASC

General Information:

Gazette - 10/8/1921 - Register of Voters - Kikuyu Area - Lionel Argent Kirton - Settler, Kahuguni - Ruiru
Kahuguny Coffee Plantation at Ruiru with uncle Walter Kirton who, retired from his army and war correspondent careers, homesteaded there and had a coffee plantation. 1922 - 1928. From Directories published in East Africa. Farmed with Uncle Walter on his coffee plantation. His expertise with army trucks and other vehicles prepared him well for caring for the farm machinery.
1929 emigrated to Canada. Hamilton, Ontario - Worked for T.W.Clark at Crown Garage, 132 Main Street East, located next to the Bus Terminal. He became a partner in 1934 and sole proprietor by 1935. continuing until 1941. Garage was broken into and all tools stolen. Decided to close. Worked at Otis Fensom Ammunitions; taught motor mech. Oshawa for three years; taught motor mech. at Central Tech until 1945, then at night school. Worked at Wentworth Motors as mechanic & then Service Salesman.

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