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Name: AGGETT, Hudson Boyce (Major)
Nee: younger son of Thomas Edward Aggett of Nanyuki and bro of John Aubrey Aggett
Birth Date: 11 June 1913 Nairobi
Death Date: 12 Feb 1944 torpedoed troopship off Burma, SS Khedive Ismail
First Date: 1913
Last Date: 1944
Profession: Farmer, Nanyuki; worked for Kenya Creameries
Area: Nanyuki, 1936 KKC Molo
Book Reference: Gillett, Over my Shoulder, Sitrep 2, RS, Hut, CWGC, KR
School: Nairobi School and Prince of Wales School; Glen Agric. Coll. S Africa
One of the original '500' men in the Kenya Regt. in 1937. (KR 404). Drowned in the sinking of the 'Khedive Ismail' - a very popular officer, a gentle man and a gentleman.
Over my Shoulder - 'It was in 1936 that we met a young man, Hudson Aggett, who was later to become one of our best friends. Hudson was the highly trained manager of the Molo Creamery only half a mile away from Garryowen [The Ryan's farm], and each evening after work he came to help lay down our tennis court which afterwards became the finest court in the district. Hudson himself was a fine player with championship potential, lacking only the temperament, and he and I [Molly Ryan] often travelled the country playing in tournaments as a team. He was much loved by the whole family ........ It was through Hudson, when he took us to meet his parents, Bon and Ted Aggett, in Nanyuki, that we first heard the remarkable story of the good ship 'Adolph Woermenn' that arrived in Kenya in 1909.' (see WordProcessor File)
RS - Hudson Boyce studied at Glen Agricultural College in S. Africa and was working for the Kenya Creameries prior to joining up during WW2. He was drowned en route for the Far East when the artillery ship on which he was travelling was torpedoed near the Maldive Islands and sank with great loss of life.
CWGC - Hudson Boyce Aggett, Major 322300, General List, who died on Saturday, 12th February 1944. EA Memorial, Kenya, Column 7.
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Aberdare Voters List
He had the respect and affection of many.
Bruce Rooken-Smith: In 1937 he joined No 3 Company Kenya Regiment (Molo) . At the outbreak of WWII in Sept 1939 he was posted to 1/4 KAR as a sergeant, and in 1940 he attended School of Instruction, Nakuru. In June 1940 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieut. in 1/4 KAR. Then in 1941 Transferred to 1st (Turkana) Irregulars (GR). In June 1941 he was posted to G(R) in Palestine and attended an Irregular Warfare Course at Imwas and served in G(R) in Syria and Egypt.
Then in December 1941 he joined Royal Artillery and attended 2Pdr Anti Tank Course at Heliopolis, and in the following January he was posted to 3 A/T Regiment RHA but recalled to EA Command at Larkhill, Kijabe. In March 1942 he attended a Bofors AA Course at Haifa, and by June 1942 he was sent to raise an anti aircraft/anti-tank battery at Jinja, Uganda.
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