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Name: WRIGHT, Claude le Champion de Vire

Birth Date: 6 May 1891 Solihull

Death Date: 24 July 1946 Eldoret

First Date: 1910

Profession: Crossed Nzoia River to start farming before 1914

Area: Hoey's Bridge, Natwana Estate

Married: In Haslemere 3 Oct 1932 Annie Ernestine Yda Melvill b. 21 May 1908 Hampstead. d. 31 Oct 2004 Cambridge, New Zealand

Children: Virginia Elizabeth Anne (20 Jan 1937 Eldoret-1990); Alistair Claude (4 Jan 1947 Eldoret-2015); two others

Book Reference: KFA, Golf, Nicholson Memoirs, Red 25, Red 31, Red 22, Nicholls, Barnes, Hut, KAD, Gazette

War Service: WW1 with EAMR - C Sqdn. 13/8/14 - 23/10/14 - Wounded 25/9/14 - To KAR

School: Harrow

General Information:

Nicholson Memoirs - Winter hunting lodges had been built in 1906 north of the Uasin Gishu Plateau at Natwana by Claude Wright's father, at Maji Mzuri by Will and Cecil Hoey, white hunters, and at Cobus Glen for Lord Cork. ....... The Wright family were wealthy - they owned iron foundries in England. At 'Natwana', 3000 acres they had a double tennis court, croquet lawn and a nine hole golf course which had laid on water for the dry weather. Their son Claude was an expert golfer and played for Cambridge. He installed an electric light plant and employed an English nanny to look after the children. Claude Wright decided to live in Kenya and visited England every summer. He bought land before 1910 for 50 cents an acre and developed the land round 'Natwana', the family hunting lodge. 'Karara', 4000 acres, and 'Ziwa', 20,000 acres, were subsequently sold to Mr Bibby of the Bibby shipping lines. Claude Wright's sisters, Gladys and Gwen, married Cecil and Will Hoey, the White Hunters who arranged their winter holidays in Kenya. ....... Claude Wright was very bad tempered before breakfast - he had a new manager every year - Ralph Bancroft, Geoffrey Moore, Hubert Nicholson and George Nicholson. He eventually ended up letting two farms to George and Jack Evans and selling one farm, 'Kilima', to Hubert reserving the golf course and some of the land surrounding 'Natwana'.
Red 22 - C.C. Wright, Hoey's Bridge
Red 25 has C. Claude Wright, Hoey's Bridge
Barnes Eldoret cem. in loving memory of / Claude Wright / May 6 1891 - Jul 24 1946
Great golfer - Winner of the Plateau Golf Championship in 1930
Gazette - 29/10/1919 - Register of Voters - Plateau North - Claude Champion de Vere Wright - Settler, Natwana, Soy
Gazette - 26/9/1923 - Voters Register - Plateau North - Claude Champion Wright, Settler PO Soy
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Uasin Gishu Voters Roll
Nat Probate Calendar

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