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Name: PURSSELL, Frederick John

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Birth Date: 24 June 1900 Weston Turville, Bucks.

Death Date: 16 June 1969 Aylesbury

First Date: 1928

Profession: Mechanical engineer, Magadi

Area: Magadi

Married: Catherine Lyon b. 27 Nov 1906 Narthwich, Cheshire, d. 10 July 1991 Aylesbury

Children: two

Book Reference: Golf, EA & Rhodesia

War Service: Queen's Regt.

School: Priory School Malvern; Uppingham School; Cambridge Univ. Mechanical Sciences Tripos 1914-1921

General Information:

East Africa & Rhodesia - 26/3/53 - Mr F.J. Pursell, who became general manager in Kenya of the Magadi Soda Co. Ltd., when Mr W.H. Billington retired to this country in 1948, will, I learn, retire in a few days, handing over to Mr Charles Shotton, who has been at Magadi since 1930. Mr Pursell, his senior in that respect by 2 years, went out originally as assistant engineer. He was too young to serve in the 1914-18 war, but as soon as he was able he joined the Inns of Court OTC. In Kenya he has been a member of the Industrial Research Board since its inception, and a member of the council of the East African Association of Engineers, and he is well known in commercial, engineering, and golfing circles. He has been a Justice of the Peace in Masailand. Mr Shotton, by profession a chemist, and the son of a Doncaster doctor, first joined the company as a research worker in the Cheshire headquarters. He has been production manager at Lake Magadi for some years, and, like his friend Mr Pursell, is a keen golfer. Mr Pursell will remain a director of the Magadi Company, of which Mr A.E.J. Gawler is chairman.
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Ukamba Voters List
Captain of Magadi Golf Club in 1933, 1949, 1953.

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