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Name: RUCK, Bernard Edwin GM & Bar, CPM

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Nee: son of Edward Albert Ruck

Birth Date: 7 Sep 1922 Jinja, Uganda

Death Date: June 1994 Kikambala, Mombasa

First Date: 1922

Last Date: 1994

Profession: Joined Kenya Police in 1942 as an Assistant Inspector and moved through the ranks, attaining the rank of Assistant Commissioner in 1960

Area: Nyeri, Nairobi

Married: In Nyeri 20 Nov 1943 Britta Elizabeth Rundgren b, 11 Dec 1920 Nyeri, d. 13 Mar 2010 Mombasa (dau of Ture Waldemar Rundgren, coffee farmer at Makuyu)

Children: Vanessa (Fleming) (15.2.1944 Kenya); Peter (16.61947 Kenya); Suzanne (Carruthers) (29.8.1948 Kenya)

Book Reference: Habari 27, Colonial, EA & Rhodesia

School: Duke of York School, Nairobi. Colonial - Royal Gram. Sch., High Wycombe

General Information:

Habari 27 - 'From 1953 until his retirement in 1963/4 he served with great distinction in Special Branch and was awarded a George Medal and Bar in 1955 while Provincial SB Officer at Nyeri. Those awards were in recognition of the leading role he played in negotiating the surrender of Mau Mau forest gangs. He later became Provincial Special Branch Officer Nyanza and was in charge of SB Nairobi area before moving to SB Headquarters in 1960.
Bernard Ruck was without doubt an outstanding Special Branch Officer and an example to many who had the good fortune to serve under him. He was an extremely popular officer and his recent death at the Kenya Coast, to which he had retired, has shocked his former colleagues. He was a devoted family man ....'    from his daughter - Vanessa Fleming ... 'sent to England at a very early age to be educated. On returning to Uganda he applied to join the Uganda Police in January 1940 but was advised to apply to the Kenya Police for a position as an Assistant Inspector...… '
EA & Rhodesia - 7 October 1954 - The Queen has approved the following immediate awards to 4 officers and 3 inspectors of the Special Branch of the Kenya Police Force for conspicuous gallantry and outstanding service in the negotiations with the Mau Mau terrorists in the Mount Kenya area between February and April this year - The George Medal - Asst. Superintendent Bernard Edward Ruck; aged 32.
1959 Colonial Service Medal.
Retired to Ture Rundgren's house at Kikambala.

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