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Name: TURNEY, Fred OBE (Brigadier)

Nee: bro of Harry Farquhar Turney

Birth Date: 8 Sep 1881 Arnold, Nottts.

Death Date: 15 Dec 1956 Kampala

First Date: 1926

Profession: Mechanical engineer. Established Ramisi Sugar Estate

Area: Mombasa, Uganda

Married: 1. Blanche D'Avray b. 1882, d. 9.4.1931 Nairobi (dau of 2nd Baron D'Avray) 2. In Mombasa 16 Sep 1932 Marianne Emmelin b. 24 Sep 1891 Nottinghamshire, d. 6 Sep 1984 Exeter

Children: Angela Marianne (31 Mar 1935 Nottingham-25 Oct 2014)

Book Reference: EA & Rhodesia, Barnes

School: Nottingham University College

General Information:

East Africa & Rhodesia - 3/1/57 - Brigadier Fred Turney, OBE, MIMechE, who has died in Uganda at the age of 75, was one of the most experienced men in the East African sugar industry. Thirty years ago, with the assistance of Mauritian capital, he established the Ramisi Sugar Estate, some 40 miles south of Mombasa, on land which he had selected after three visits to Kenya at intervals of about a year on each occasion. When the East African Sugar Association was founded in 1931 he was its first president, and at the same time he was president of the Kenya Coastal Planters' Association. In recent years he had been connected with large-scale sugar growing in Uganda, where he was also engaged in growing the crop on swamp land under very unusual conditions. After graduating from Nottingham University College, he served an engineering apprenticeship in the Midlands, and then went to Mauritius in 1905 to join an engineering workshop, of which he later became general manager. In 1914 he was appointed chief engineer of a large works in Belgium, and a few months later, on the outbreak of war, he was arrested as a spy. He managed to escape, reached England in October, joined the Army, and after passing through the Ordnance College, Woolwich, went to France to join the Guards Division. For three and a half years he was in charge of heavy ordnance repairs for the First Army. He received the OBE was thrice mentioned in despatches, and was made a Commander of the Portuguese Order of Avis. In the last war he served in REME
Barnes - Kampala European Cemetery - Brigadier Fred Turney OBE, 8 September 1882 - 15 December 1956, thy will be done
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Coast Voters list - expunged
1939 England and Wales Register living with wife in Greenwich

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