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Name: PHARAZYN, Dennis Lewis Charles

Nee: son of Eric Louis Pharazyn, bro of Robert E. P.

Birth Date: 1925 Warwick, Warwickshire

Death Date: Nov 1969 Pietermaritzburg, air accident

Profession: Air charter operator

Area: Kitale

Married: 1960 Jean

Book Reference: Pembroke, EA & Rhodesia, Who's Who 63, Campling

War Service: Royal Air Force and Indian Army

School: Marlborough College and Cambridge University

General Information:

Pembroke No. 133, 1933, Kitale, (dec'd)
East Africa & Rhodesia - 4/3/54 - Trial re beating Mau Mau suspects
Who's Who 63 - Air Charter Operator Pharazyn Air Charters
Campling - Dennis Pharazyn of Kitale became the next owner of 'KGU. Born in England in 1927 and educated at Marlborough, Dennis was the second son of a Kitale family who had arrived there by ox wagon from Londiani in 1920, which was as far as the train would then take them. The motor car that came with them by rail to Londiani had to be dragged up to the Plateau by oxen, and then the journey to Kitale was made by ox wagon. His brother Robert was born in a tent on their farm in Kitale in 1921. Both Dennis and Robert Pharazyn took up flying. Dennis enlisted with the RAF towards the end of the second World War, after which he went to India, and then, on returning to Kenya he renewed his flying licence ……… Dennis opened Pharazyn Air Charter with 'KIL, operating from Kitale ….. When Dennis married the beautiful and glamorous Jean in 1960, KGU took them both for their honeymoon to Zanzibar. ……. By 1963 a good tar road was completed to Kitale and so the need for an air service to Kitale was declining, added to which, with Kenya's Independence, Kitale's population was on the move. The Pharazyns cast around to find another place from which to operate a charter business and decided to move to Pietermaritzburg's Oribi Airport in Natal. ……..  Tragically Dennis was killed in November 1969 when he was coming into land one evening and he went into Karkloof Mountains near Pietermaritzburg. Pharazyn Way, the road that leads to Pietermaritzburg's Oribi Airport was named as a tribute to him.
EA & Rhodesia - 28/1/1954 - Michael John Sawyer and Dennis Charles Pharazyn, 2 European officers of the Kenya Police reserve, have been released on their own recognisances of £50 each after being committed for trial in the Supreme Court of Kenya on charges of assault and causing grievous bodily harm to an African, Kimwana Githuri. Pharazyn was committed on 7 further charges in connexion with assaults against African suspects.

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