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Name: TATE, Jacob 'Jack'

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Nee: bro of Frederick Francis, Sydney Tate and Dame Maggie Teyte

Birth Date: 1877 Wolverhampton, bapt 2 Nov

Death Date: 1955 Nairobi

First Date: 1905

Profession: Chief Accountant of Boma Trading Co., Nairobi in 1907. Later farmed at Kiambu and subsequently worked with Messrs Chaplin & Hopcraft at Nakuru. In 1925 he went to the Lupa Goldfields in Tanganyika

Area: Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Tanganyika, HBEA 1912 - PO Box 64, Nbi. 1925 Nakuru

Married: In Nairobi 14.1.1909 Kate Ilma Whittle who arrived Kenya about 1907, b. 1887 Huyton, Lancs., d. March 1968 Fylde, Lancs.

Children: Arthur Fallows (20.9.1909 Nairobi-1984 Isle of Man); Ilma Mary (Ross-Munro) (1 Jan 1913 Nairobi-2002 East Surrey); James Ashton (24 Feb 1914 Nairobi-1984 Nairobi); Harold (14 Dec 1916 Nairobi); Marguerite May (12 July 1919 Nairobi-1996 Edinburgh)

Book Reference: Gillett, EAWL, HBEA, Golf, KAD, Red 25, Hut, EAMR, Drumkey, Red 22, Advertiser, Pioneers, Red Book 1912, Gazette

War Service: WW1 with EAMR - B Sqdn. 22/9/15

General Information:

He was bro of Dame Maggie Teyte
Son of Wolverhampton Hotel owner. Early settler farmer, businessman and prospector. Deserted his wife in the thirties. Source: Miss Daphne Ewings
Golf - Started Nakuru Golf Club with 15 others in 1923
KAD 1922 - Committee Member, Rift Valley Sports Club
Drumkey 1909 - Directory of Residents - Jacob Tate, Nairobi
Advertiser - 29/1/1909 - Advert - "The Bohemians" - Business Manager - Mr J. Tate
Pioneers - Rosslyn - In 1905 the Crown sold land to T.A. Wood, later Mayor of Nairobi, and to Newton Wilson, whose holding became (1928) the Rosslyn Estate owned by Prince William of Sweden, Mr Bildt and Mr Forsby. The manager was Jack Tate, whose sister-in-law started the old Stanley Hotel in Victoria Street. This did so well that they decided to expand, and Jack Tate attended an auction of plots. He had a total of £305 in the world, but the opposition had bid up to £305. Legend has it that he called out: 'Anyone lend me a fiver?' and a voice from the crowd said: 'I will, old friend'. So Tate bid £310 and thus obtained the site of the present New Stanley Hotel.
Barnes - EAMR has James S. Tate, Private then Warrant Officer Class 2, No. 643
Red Book 1912 - J. Tate - Nairobi
Gazette - 29/10/1919 - Register of Voters - Kikuyu - Jacob Tate, Agent, Box 314, Nairobi

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