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Name: ALLEN, Cecil William (Squadron Leader)

Nee: 3rd son of William Richard Allen

Birth Date: 1896 Snitterfield, Warwickshire

Death Date: 28 Nov 1968 Malindi

First Date: 1906

Last Date: 1968

Profession: Farmer, Gold prospector. Retired to Malindi and was very active in local affairs.

Area: Solai, Bahati, Nakuru

Married: 1925 Margaret Frances 'Dodo' Douglass b. 19 Nov 1905 Grahamstown, S. Africa (dau of Capt. Frank William Douglass and Margaret Bowker)

Children: Margaret Athalie Baldwin 'Peggy' (1926); John Baldwin Rigbye and Anthony (twins b. 1 July 1927 Nakuru, J.B.R. d. 20 Aug 2011 Brisbane, Australia); Julie

Book Reference: EAWL, KAD, Red 25, Red 31, Hut, EAMR, Red 22, A. Allen, info.from Bowkers, Rift Valley

War Service: WW1 with EAMR, invalided out 1916 with blackwater fever. Recovered and saw service on Western Front

School: Harrow School and RMA Sandhurst

General Information:

After Sandhurst he was commissioned  and entered the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carbineers). In early 1914 he went out to Kenya to visit his eldest brother Rex who was farming at Lake Naivasha. He was so impressed with the country that he stayed on and bought his first farm at lower Solai. During the slump in the 1930's he left his farm and went off gold prospecting and later bridge and harbour construction at Mombasa. At the outbreak of World War 2 he was commissioned into the RAF and rose to the rank of Wing Commander and saw service in the EA and Middle East campaigns. After the war, and several farms later, he sold up his properties in the Solai/Bahati areas and moved to Malindi in 1951. During his time at Malindi he served on the District Council and was largely responsible for the coming into being of Malindi's present day airfield and did much to promote the tourist potential and development of the area. He was on the Board of the Blue Marlin Hotel in which he held an interest. During his latter years in retirement he ran a boat repair service in Malindi and made electronic burglar alarms as an added interest.   Source: Mr John B.R. Allen
EAMR - A Sqdn EAMR - 26/9/15 -
Rift Valley - Sep 1926 - 'If ice cannot be obtained from Nairobi, I suggest that an efficient ice making plant be bought.'
Rift Valley - Member of the Rift Valley Sports Club - Jan 1929 - Elected - 3 Apr 1920 - C.W. Allen
Hansard - HC Deb 19 May 1927 vol 206 cc1362-3 1362
Colonel WEDGWOOD  asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Cecil William Allen, charged with murder or culpable homicide of a native at Nakuru, in Kenya, and acquitted by a European jury; whether he proposes to take any steps in the matter; and why, in accordance with the instructions given in the Duke of Devonshire's despatch in relation to such cases, a jury was not chosen from some distant area who might not be personally acquainted with the accused?
Mr. AMERY   I have received a full Report on the case. I do not feel called upon to question the verdict of the jury nor to take any steps in the matter. As regards the last part of the question, I am informed that the trial was held in Nairobi in order that the element of personal acquaintanceship with the accused should as far as possible be eliminated from the jury.
Malindi Makaburini Road cemetery in loving memory of Cecil William Allen 1896-1968
Gazette 21 Feb 1969 probate
See Sitrep LV1 Dec 2020 for the trial

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