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Name: ROOKEN-SMITH, Donald Weir

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Nee: son of William Harold Rooken-Smith and Marjorie Eales

Birth Date: 24 May 1936 Nakuru

Death Date: 9 Jan 1922 Sarasota, Florida

Married: Mary Foster

Children: Zoe Beaufoy Marjorie (28 Nov 1960 Eldoret); Sally Alice Aggett (20 July 1963 Eldoret-11 Aug 2007 Gilford, N.Ireland); Daphne Jane Weir (14 Mar 1968 Nairobi), Lesley Anne Ayre (16 May 1970 Gwelo, Rhodesia)

Book Reference: RS

School: Nakuru Primary, Duke of York

General Information:

?Moved to Florida
Kenya Regiment no 6304
RS Donald was one of the original pupils at the Duke of York School which was initially at Government House.
Donald represented Kenya when the polo team toured Ethiopia, Rhodesia and India - he also played for Kenya against touring teams from Rhodesia, Ethiopia and S. Africa. He played in England for Lord Cowdray in 1964. He emigrated with his family to Brazil and later to Florida.
During the Mau Mau Emergency he was attached to the Gloucesters and when the Queen Mother visited Kenya he carried the colours in the Kenya Regiment March Past. Donald, Bruce and Robert all attended Nakuru Primary School prior to the Duke of York, where Donald captained Hockey and Bruce Rugby. All attended the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester where Donald got his rugby colours, Bruce his hockey and Rob his water polo, and all did their Army training at the Kenya Regiment Training Centre at Lanet, a few miles outside Nakuru, with Bruce appointed parade commander on the final passing-out parade. Both Donald and Bruce played polo for Young Kenya against the Rhodesians.

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