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Name: LOPDELL, Robert Hugh Oswald 'Loppy'

Birth Date: 21 May 1901 Dublin

Death Date: 26 Jan 1956 Nairobi

First Date: 1926

Last Date: 1956

Profession: Farmer; miner

Area: Box 404, Mombasa, 1943 Nakuru

Married: 1. In Paddington 1923 Mercia Petterson b. 1903 Hull, d. 1936 Camberwell; 2. Joyce Madeline Rider Vetch b. 28 Nov 1919 Newcastle, d. 6 Dec 1963 Nairobi; 3. Selina Lucy Batten 'Bish' b. 1889 East Meon, Hants., d. 28 Feb 1945 Nakuru

Children: John Hugh Anthony (22 Mar 1932 Steyning); another

Book Reference: Red 31, Hut, EA & Rhodesia, Barnes

School: Uppingham; RMC Sandhurst

General Information:

East Africa & Rhodesia - 16/2/56 - Mr Robert Hugh Oswald Lopdell, who has died in hospital in Nairobi in his 55th year, was widely known in Kenya and Tanganyika Territory, to many people as "Loppy". Born in Dublin, the son of the late Colonel J.R. Lopdell, he was educated at Uppingham and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and commissioned in the Royal Irish Rifles in 1921. He soon retired from the Army however, and was a director of a business in London for several years before he went to Kenya to farm in 1926.
Three years later he joined the staff of a well-known trading company, but the discovery of gold in the Kakamega district was a magnet not to be resisted, and he prospected there for the next four years. Then joined the KFA and later became joint managing director. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he was commissioned in the Kenya Defence Force.
Nairobi City Park cemetery - Robert Hugh Oswald Lopdell, died 26 Jan 1956 aged 54
Nakuru North cemetery - Bish Lopdell, died 28/2/1945, dearly loved wife of RHO Lopdell and mother of Tony

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