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Name: DAKERS, Bernard William LRCP (Dr.)

Birth Date: 13 Apr 1878 Hawick, Scotland

Death Date: 16 July 1925 Kisumu

First Date: 1922

Last Date: 1925

Profession: Doctor. Medical Officer, Kisii 1922-23

Area: Kisii, 1925 Kakamega

Married: 1. In Edinburgh 14 Dec 1901 Margaret McNeight Nicholson (div. 1917) b. 1880 Ayr, d. 18 Sep 1962 Winchester; 2. ?

Book Reference: Alex Mascarenhas, Dir. of EA 1922-23, KAD, Red 25, Hut, Red 22, Barnes, Gazette, Web

School: LRCP, LRCS (Edin); LFPS (Glasg)

General Information:

Was the Medical Officer of the Native Civil Hospital. Directory Source: P. Rimington  
Gethin - 'The story was that Dakers who was a Doctor in the Navy during WW1, had been on a ship for about 6 months without leave. The first call was Bombay and he married the first woman he saw on the pier. Whether this was true or not I can't say, but Mrs Dakers was very sunburnt and a bit of a snob.'
Barnes - Kisumu Cemetery - in loving memory Bernard William Dakers born 13th April 1878 died 16th July 1925 grant him eternal rest
Gazette 25/8/1920 - Arrived on 1st Appointment - Medical Officer - 8/8/1920
Gazette - 22/7/1925 - Obituary - His Excellency the Acting Governor regrets to announce the death of Dr. Bernard William Dakers, LRCP, LRCS, Edin, LFPS Glasg, at Kisumu on July 16th 1925. Dr Dakers entered the service of this Colony on 25th June 1920 and was employed throughout in Native Reserves where, by his tact and sympathy, he gained the confidence of the local population and was instrumental in popularizing European methods of treatment. He was the first Medical Officer to be stationed in South Kavirondo and his work in that district in connection with yaws was specially noteworthy.
Web - Divorce in 1917 - A decree of divorce was granted at Edinburgh Friday by Lord Hunter. In the undefended suit by Dr Bernard William Dakers, temporary naval surgeon, against his wife, Margaret Mcneight Nicholson, or Dakers, lately residing at North Ham, Dolton, Devonshire and against Dr A.T. Cooper, Welbeck Street, London, now in the RAMC, co-respondent. Petitioner said he married respondent by declaration before the Sheriff in December 1901 and graduated in 1906 at Glasgow. There were no children. In 1910 he purchased a practice in Lincolnshire. His wife was discontented and left him in 1914. Shortly afterwards he sold the practice and joined the Navy. On board ship he received a letter from his wife informing him she was to be co-respondent in an undefended divorce case and that if he wished to regain freedom he could get all the necessary information from her solicitor. He instituted inquiries and brought the petition. A London inquiry agent stated that in connection with the action of divorce by Mrs Cooper he had watched the movements of Dr Cooper. He followed Dr Cooper in November 1915 to a hotel at St. Pancras, where on the following morning he saw Mrs Dakers in the doctor's bedroom. Costs were given against the co-respondent.
Ancestry Passenger list London-Mombasa 1924 Mrs M.M. Dakers [but they were divorced?]

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