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Name: WEAVER, Walter James

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Birth Date: 10 Apr 1917 Cheltenham

Death Date: 30 Apr 1955 killed by Mau Mau at Naivasha

Profession: Farmer. Killed accompanying a patrol of the Royal Irish Fusiliers across his farm, 15 Miles from Naivasha

Area: Box 47, Nakuru

Married: 1. In Cheltenham 1940 Winifred E. Young b. 19 Apr 1917 Cheltenham, d. 2003 Bristol 2. In Nairobi 24 June 1947 Ann Priscilla Taylor b. at 'Lorakoorti', South Kinangop 10 November 1926, d. Noosa, Queensland, Australia 27 April 2011 (dau of Francis George Taylor)

Children: Mark; son (1949); son (1950); dau. (1953)

Book Reference: Info from son Mark Weaver, Tom Lawrence

War Service: Sergeant, 309 Field Regiment (Army Transport Service), East African Command

General Information:

Barnes Naivasha cem Walter James Weaver / born 10.4.1912 / (killed in) action by Mau Mau / 30.4.1955 [incorrect year of birth on headstone)
Assistant Superintendent of Prisons at Fort Jesus, Mombasa; then employment at the Malaget Sawmill, Londiani. 
Sometime after he married, he took over the running/ownership of “Croust” farm, South Kinangop. 
Daily Telegraph 2 May 1955:
“Mr. Weaver was on his way to join a party of Royal Irish Fusiliers hunting a terrorist gang and was searching a field on his own farm when he stumbled on a terrorist who was hiding. The terrorist shot him in the stomach and then ran off. The two soldiers who were with the farmer opened fire and brought down the man. Mr. Weaver died on the way to hospital. The terrorist died today [2nd May 1955]. He was identified as the self-styled Major Kingari, a bearded middle-aged Kikuyu, believed to have been leading a detachment of about ten men from a large gang hidden on the edge of the Aberdares and overlooking the Kinangop river. This is believed to be the group which attacked the workers’ living quarters on a European farm near Mr. Weaver’s. They were driven off by farm guards.” 

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