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Name: DAWSON, Peter

Nee: son of James Francis Dawson

Birth Date: 19.3.1918 Kelso, Scotland

Death Date: 1.11.1997 Portsmouth

First Date: 1937

Profession: Water bailiff; farmer

Area: Eldoret

Married: Vera Mary Steer b. 3 Mar 1919 Australia, d. 17 July 1980 Kenya

Children: Jean (19 June 1944 Kenya-2012)

Book Reference: Sitrep 2, Hut, mini-SITREP XII, EA & Rhodesia

General Information:

East Africa & Rhodesia - 9/6/55 - When terrorists raided a North Kinangop farmhouse last August, Mr Peter Dawson, the manager went out to attack the gang, telling his 10-year-old daughter to telephone the police. Jean has now received the Gilt Cross of the Girl Guides Association and the certificate of merit of the Young Elizabethan Club. Describing the incident she said shyly: "We were sitting down to supper when our houseboy ran in to say the camp was being shot at. Daddy went outside. I could hear the shots, one of which hit the tin roof of our house. Daddy told me to ring the police, so I did this and told them we were being attacked. They told me not to let daddy go out of the house, but he had already gone. Then daddy came in and gave the gang's probable direction as they went away. I phoned the police again. Daddy went outside, and then our Kikuyu headman was brought in shot in the side and bleeding badly. So I soaked some cotton wool in water, wiped away the blood, bandaged him up on a couch, and gave him some hot coffee. I learned to bandage people in the Brownies. All the farm people had come to the house, and they were very frightened. The women and children were crying, so I gave them some coffee too. Then I told them not to be frightened as the police were coming and the gangsters couldn't harm us.
Hut has Peter Dawson Nakuru Water Bailiff
Langata cemetery, Nairobi has: in memory of / Peter Dawson / died 11-3-77 aged 52
One of the original '500' men in the Kenya Regt. in 1937. (KR 191).
Gazette 5 Dec 1980 wife's probate?
See L.W. Dawson entry
Peter Dawson, Kenya Regiment 191 died 12.11.1997 UK [sic] (Kenya Regiment obituaries)

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