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Name: RIGBY, Walter DSO (Major)

Birth Date: 23.10.1876 Chorley, Lancashire

Death Date: 1934 London

First Date: 1904

Last Date: 1919

Profession: Appointed Inspector of Police, EAP in 1904 and later was Superintendent of Police for more than 16 years.

Area: Stationed in almost every district of the colony, Lamu

Book Reference: Gillett, SE, HBEA, Cuckoo, Police, Playne, Drumkey, EAHB 1906, Gazette, DSO, North, EAHB 1907, Leader14, Red Book 1912, Red 19

War Service: BSA Police, Matabeleland 1896, Cape Medical Staff, Bechuanaland 1897, Royal Irish Rifles

General Information:

SE - Capt W. Rigby - Sept 1909 Imperial Light Horse and Kitchener's Fighting Scouts in Boer War.     
Cuckoo - He had served for a number of years in the British South African Police in Southern Rhodesia, taking his discharge as a sergeant. He had seen active service during the Matabele Rebellion, and in another local expedition against rebellious tribes, been an officer in Kitchener's Fighting Scouts during the Boer War, and came up to Nairobi in company with Captain Eustace.
Police - On May 16th 1904 he was appointed an Inspector of the Railway Police to serve under Inspector J.P. Moore at Nairobi. .......... Company Commander in the EA Police Service Battalion in 1914. ....... Later he assumed command of the Battalion, being promoted to Major, and remained in command until it was disbanded at the end of 1916. .......... he was mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO for his services with the Battalion from its formation to its being disbanded. He went on leave in 1917 and was appointed to command a Service Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry in France with the rank of Lieut.-Col. He held this command until the Armistice; served for a short time at Cologne with the Occupation Forces; and retired from the Police as a Superintendent on June 30th 1919.
For a time he managed a large estate in Poland. He died in London during October 1934, when in his 58th year.
Playne - Captain Rigby was born at Chorley, Lancashire, on October 23, 1876, and educated privately. He came to EA on May 16, 1904, from South Africa to take up his present position  as Asst. District Superintendent of Police. Captain Rigby had the following service in SA: British SA Police; Cape Medical Staff; Imperial Light Horse and Kitchener's Scouts; Superintendent Burgher Camp, Klerksdorp; Asst. District Inspector of Transport, Repatriation Dept. Military service and decorations: British SA Police, Matabeleland medal; Cape Medical Staff, Bechuanaland, 1897, medal and clasp; South African War, Queen's medal, 4 bars, King's medal, 2 bars. Captain Rigby has passed the Higher Swahili examination, Law examination, St. Johns Ambulance Certificate, passed Royal Irish Constabulary course, proficiency in life-saving and musketry drill.
Playne -  Assistant District Superintendent in 1909
Drumkey 1909 - Police - Assistant District Supdt.
Gazette - 11/8/1915 - Appt. - EA Police (Military Service Battalion) - To be Captain (Temporary) - Captain Walter Rigby (General Reserve of Officers), Superintendent of Police
North - arr. Mombasa from Transvaal 13/3/1904; Land Grant application Kikuyu Road 22/4/1904; Inspector of Police (Supernumary) 16/5/1904; Public Officers Game Licence Entebbe 22/5/1905; 1906 Kismayu
DSO - London Gazette 4 May 1917 - "for valuable services rendered in connection with Military operations in the field" - To be a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order - Walter Rigby, Capt. Reserve of Officers, late Royal Irish Rifles and East African Police
Red Book 1912 - Police Dept. - Superintendent
Red Book 1919 - Superintendent of Police
HBEA 1912 - Superintendent of Police, Lamu

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