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Name: THORNE, Henry

Nee: bro of Arnold Linsley, reginald Francis, Norman, Muriel, Percival Gaunt, Christiana Margaret, Bessie, Joyce and Gerald Thorne

Birth Date: 1873 Bramhope, Yorkshire

First Date: 1904

Profession: Building contractor at Nakuru with brothers. Later farmed at Ndaragua. Stephen Ellis's ledger shows Thorne Bros. Nakuru July 1907

Area: Nakuru, Gilgil, Thomson's Falls, Machakos

Married: Sybil E. b. 1894

Children: Percival Henry (23 Nov 1908-4 Feb 1980 Sheffield)

Book Reference: Dominion, Gillett, SE, KAD, Red 22 and 25, Red 31, Hut, EAMR, Playne, Drumkey, EAHB 1906, North, EAHB 1907, Rift Valley, Gazette, Red 22, Dominion

War Service: Imperial Yeomanry, S. Africa

General Information:

Playne - Thorne Brothers (Nakuru) - The builder is obviously a very useful person in a new country like BEA, and Thorne Brothers cannot complain of any lack of work since they established themselves in 1906 as general builders, coach, waggon, and furniture makers. Carpentry and repairing of all sorts is also undertaken, as well as contracts for fencing, 100 miles of which have already been put up for customers. Messrs. Thorne had had previous experience in Johannesburg in this kind of business. When they came to BEA in 1904, Mr P.G. Thorne went at first to work for Lord Delamere, and Messrs H. & N. Thorne farmed at Ndragua, on the Aberdare Hills. Thorne Brothers have also started as brickmakers. Bricks are now being made at Njoro after 8 months experimenting ........ about 70 hands are employed in this department of the business alone. At Nakuru a new building for workshops etc. is to be erected early in 1909. Mr P.G. Thorne is Secretary to the Rift Valley Sports Club, the Pastoralists' Association, and the Nakuru Show Committee.
Rift Valley - Member of the Rift Valley Sports Club - Jan 1929 - Elected - 1910 - H. Thorne
Gazette - 29/10/1919 - Register of Voters - Ukamba Area - Henry Thorne - Farmer, Machakos
KAD 1922 has H. Thorne, Stock Inspector, Veterinary Dept., Nakuru.
Red 25 has H. Thorne, Machakos, Hut the same 1922
Dominion - Agricultural Department - Veterinary - Stock Inspector - 1930

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