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Name: PAULSON, Edric James

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Birth Date: 18 July 1905 Raneegunj, Bengal, India

Death Date: 3 Oct 1951 Kimilili, murdered

First Date: 1930

Last Date: 1951

Profession: Coffee planter

Area: Mtaragon Estate, Lumbwa, 1937 Matuu Estate Thika

Married: In Kitale 17 Dec 1936 Muriel Dolores Campbell Drayton b. 11 Nov 1909 Sion Hill, Barbados, d. 13 Apr 2004 Tiptree, Colchester

Children: Muriel May (5 Jan 1939 Nairobi-2018); Joan Margot (13 Dec 1939 Kenya-2012); Patricia (1947); Erica (1949); another

Book Reference: Red 31, Hut, Ord, Barnes

General Information:

Ord - 'Kimilili ………. Edric Paulson with his wife and three school-aged daughters. He was a South African on Land Survey work and had a decent house so we used to spend a lot of time there. His wife cooked us some lovely meals and the daughters taught me to play majong when they were home from their boarding school in Eldoret, 150 miles away ……  Edric Paulson who had an office in his home. We were extremely friendly, with a great deal in common, and similar attitudes to our jobs, our beloved Kenya and the whole world. But there was a tragedy. Edric had returned home late one evening  after sitting on a land shauri (African court case); his children had been put to bed and he was sitting down to his late evening meal, in his dressing gown, having bathed and refreshed, when, unusually for this hour, he answered a knock on his door. Opening it he was confronted by someone who had been involved in the land case. He pointed a shotgun at Edric and shot him dead. The killer was soon arrested and eventually hanged in Kisumu prison. I heard Edric's widow and children returned to South Africa, but lost contact with them.
Kenya Regiment - Edric James - KR 945
Barnes - Kitale Cemetery - Edric James Paulson - died 3 Oct 1951
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Ukamba Voters List
Gazette 6 May 1952 - probate

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