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Name: ARMSTRONG, Sydney (Major)

Birth Date: 1865 Prestwich

Death Date: 31 Mar 1953 Kikambala, Mombasa

First Date: 1920

Profession: Farmer, Nanyuki

Area: Ruiru, KAD 1922 - Nanyuki. Red 31 has S. Armstrong Ruiru & Major S. Armstrong, Nanyuki, Hut - Maj. Sydney A. 1920 Nyeri

Married: In Byculla, Bombay 1893 Alice Louise Baird b. 1876 Bombay. d. 22 Aug 1936 Walton on Thames, Surrey

Children: Irene Georgina May (12 May 1894 Dapuri, Poona, India-1994); Sydney (1999 Bombay-1918)

Book Reference: Golf, Daphne Ewings, Close, KAD, Red 25, Red 31, Hut, Red 22, Sutton, SS, Barnes

General Information:

Revived interest in golf at Ruiru in 1929/30. President of Ruiru Sports Club in 1930/31.
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Aberdare List has Sidney
Red 22 - Major S. Armstrong, Mogwooni, Nanyuki
Sutton - 1924 - Acknowledgements - Our greatest debt, however, is to a representative soldier-settler, Major Sidney Armstrong, of Nonyouki [sic]. He was our first and best friend in Africa and we shall always feel grateful to him for his kindness and generous hospitality.
Sutton - Major Sidney Armstrong, Royal Artillery - We became acquainted with Major Armstrong shortly after coming aboard, and he proved to be our best and staunchest friend throughout the African adventures. He was a man in the middle fifties, of the very best English type, and had spent almost half of his life in India. An enthusiastic and indefatigable sportsman and an unerring shot, he made an ideal hunting companion. His young son was killed in 1918, an air hero in the World War, and the father fought in Gallipoli and later in France until the signing of the Armistice. When the soldier settler bill dealing with land in East Africa was passed he had come to Nairobi, selected a claim, packed his household goods in an ox cart and, alone, trekked 20 miles to the new homestead. It was from choice and not from necessity that the move had been made and, as might have been expected, Armstrong became as good a farmer as he had been an officer. He now owns 40,000 acres of land in one of the finest grazing countries in the world ……
Soldier Settlement Scheme after WW1 - Class B - Major S. Armstrong, Coln St. Denys, Fosse Bridge, Chedworth, Gloucester - Farm 676
Mombasa Mbaraki cemetery - Major Armstrong, died 31 Mar 1953 age 90, Kikambala, Caseron of Carotid [sic]
Gazette 21/4/1920 - Registration of Brands - Major Sydney Armstrong -  PO Nyeri - K1A
Gazette 5/4/2938 - Honorary Game Warden
Daphne Ewings - Original owner of Queen's Hotel, Nairobi??
KAD 1922 - Committee Member, Nanyuki Farmers' Association.
Hut - Maj Sandy Armstrong 1922 Mogwooni Nanyuki
Gazette - 26/9/1923 - Voters Register - Kenya Province - Major S Armstrong, Farmer PO Nanyuki

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