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Name: PATERSON, Hugh William

Birth Date: 15 Nov 1897 Durham

Death Date: 24 Apr 1983 Nairobi

First Date: 1925

Profession: Farmer, Kitale

Area: 1930 Kitale

Married: 1. Beatrice Evelyn b. 1909; 2. Enid May; 3. Alice Celia Cubitt b. 16 Mar 1907 Notting Hill, d. 9 Feb 1995 Nairobi (prev. m. to Evan Gall Springer 1907-1966)

Book Reference: Red 31, Hut, Who's Who 63, EAWL

War Service: Royal Navy in both world wars

School: Royal Naval Colleges Osborne 1911, Dartmouth 1913

General Information:

Who's Who 63 - service with Royal Navy 1914-22 and 1939-45; arrived Kenya 1925 farming in Trans Nzoia; Director Uplands Bacon Factory 1950-58; Chairman Trans Nzoia Agricultural Committee 1952-56; Chairman Finance Committee Kitale County Council 1957-61
Hut has H.W. Paterson 1979 Ngong Road, Nairobi
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Trans Nzoia Voters List with Enid May
Women - Celia married Evan Springer just before war broke out. They lived at Kibwezi working sisal, later moving to Makuyu. In 1956 they bought their own farm, in Kitale and moved there with their two daughters Anne and Gill. Celia now aged fifty went back to teaching to help with school fees, but still carried out her farmers' wifes duties, overseeing the milking and care of calves, weekends and holidays. Sadly Evan's health deteriorated and they decided to retire to the coast. Evan died shortly after and Celia once again found herself back in Kitale, teaching dressmaking, embroidery and being more involved with the EAWL.
Four years later she met and married Hugh Paterson, who was farming a small mixed farm - so once again Celia was a farmer's wife. They decided it was time to leave Kitale and their friend from Makuyu days Bubbles Harroway offered them the White House on the edge of her property in Karen. Celia and Hugh were very happy here -  both social people and keen supporters of the Polo Club. ..... When Hugh died in 1986, Celia left the White House and moved into a friend's guest house, where she had a dreadful break-in and was nearly strangled in her bed - this decided her to move to a flat in the Harrison House.

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