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Name: HORNE, William Carruthers

Birth Date: 22 Sep 1895 Edinburgh

Death Date: June 1970 Kampala

First Date: 1927

Profession: Motor Mart.

Area: Nakuru

Married: In Edinburgh 11 Sep 1923 Janet Glover b. 31 Aug 1889 Edinburgh, d. 22 Jan 1967 Kampala

Children: Robert Gibson (26 Aug 1925 Edinburgh-2012); Olivia

Book Reference: Red 31, Hut, Uganda Staff, Rift Valley, Old Africa

General Information:

Uganda Staff 1938 - W.C. Horne - Temporary Overseer, PWD, Kampala, appointed 1937
Rift Valley - Member of the Rift Valley Sports Club - Jan 1929 - Elected - 25 Sep 1928 - Wm. C. Horne
Old Africa 34 - The Kakamega Goldfield by Robert G. Horne - "1927 - My father William C. Horne arrived in Kenya in 1927 to take a job in Nakuru with J.R. Cox and Company. By 1929 he had become the branch manager in Eldoret for Motor Mart of East Africa Ltd. However the 'Great Depression' and the resulting world trade downturn reached East Africa the following year and businesses reduced staff numbers on a 'last-in first-out' basis and Motor Mart terminated my father's employment. I was 5 years old at that time and had become a pupil at the Eldoret Primary School ……… I remember clearly our family's departure from Eldoret after father lost his job. Father, unsurprisingly, was not in the most pleasant frame of mind while he packed things up and took some things away to be sold! Prospectors had recently found traces of gold in nearby Kakamega District, southwest of Eldoret, and father took us there. …….. Father and another prospector, Mr D. K. Williams decided to work together, calling themselves the HornBill Syndicate. ……….[1932] Father became employed by Kenya Development Ltd in its mechanical engineering section. ……… {later} Father secured employment with a company developing an airfield near Kampala. He subsequently worked for the Uganda Government. He remained in Kampala following his retirement , and died there in June 1970.

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