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Name: ANDERSON, Eric Litchfield Brooke CBE, DSO (Lieut.-Col.)
Nee: son of Col. Edward Brooke Anderson, Indian Army
Birth Date: 10 Sep 1889 Channel Is
Death Date: 12 June 1959 Nairobi
First Date: 1919
Last Date: 1959
Profession: DC in Colonial Service. At Kakamega in 1931. President of Kakamega Golf Club in 1933-35. Appointed a DC in 1919.
Area: Kakamega, Kiambu, 1925 North Kavirondo, 1931 Mumias, 1922 ADC Fort Hall Fort Hall, Kisii, Kakamega, Eldoret, Kiambu. Hut - 1952 Mutoma Est. Kiambu, Kisumu
Married: In Sevenoaks 28 Apr 1926 Betty Westall Etherington of Purton, Wilts b. 15 June 1898 Weybridge, d. 28 Dec 1985 Windsor
Children: Gillian (Symes-Thompson) (1927); Ann (Imbert) (1930); Meriel (Connolly) (1932)
Book Reference: Golf, Staff 39, Tignor, Debrett, KAD, Red 25, Red 31, Hut, Colonial, Bur, Red 22, DSO, Dominion, Web, Gazette
War Service: Entered Royal Artillery 1909, Lieut. 1912, despatches 5 times, DSO, WW2 with EA Forces
School: Clifton College & RMA Woolwich
Debrett 1928 - Administrative Officer, Kenya Colony; formerly Capt. RA, retired as Lt.-Col. in the Army 1920; European War 1914-18 (twice wounded, despatches 5 times, DSO, Order of Danilo of Montenegro). 1954 - Late Commr. for African Land Utilization and settlement, Kenya Colony; European War 1939-42 with EA Forces (despatches, CBE) DSO - He served in the European War from 1914, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette 1/12/14) "Eric Litchfield Brooke Anderson, Lieut. Royal Field Artillery. On 26 Sept displayed conspicuous bravery with his gun in the infantry firing line, bringing it out of its emplacement to meet the enemy's infantry attack. The gun was struck by a shell, and he and three of the detachment were wounded." …… Temporary Lieut.-Colonel 11/3/18 - 14/9/18. Capt. Anderson has the Order of Danilo.
Dominion - District Officer - 1930
Web - Obit. - After the 1914-18 war, in the course of which he won the DSO, he retired from the Army and entered the Kenya Administration. In 1925 he became private secretary and ADC to the Governor, Sir Edward Denham. He was then district commissioner of Kakamega for 7 years and was there during the gold rush, moving later to Kiambu district. During the war of 1939-45 he was Director of Pioneers and Labour, EA Command, and after the war was first commissioner of the African Land Utilization and Settlement Board. He retired in 1950. He married in 1926 Betty, daughter of Mrs A.H. Etherington. After his retirement he and his wife lived for some years in Berkshire, but they returned this year  to Kenya, where their 3 daughters are living.
Web - WW1 - His mother received 3 War Office telegrams in one day; the first, that he was killed; the second, that he was wounded; the third, that he was in a London hospital. In 1917 he was again severely wounded and lost his left leg. Nothing daunted, he joined the Kenya Administration, making his official journeys accompanied by a long black box filled with artificial legs. Always an athlete he still played tennis. ……… (more)
Gazette 24/12/1919 - Arrived on 1st Appointment - Asst. District Commissioner - 8/12/1919
Tignor - DC Kiambu in 1938-39.
KAD 1922 - Asst. DC - Fort Hall
Source: Mrs G.A. Symes-Thompson, Castle Hill House, Sulgrave, Banbury, Oxon OX17 2RX.
Midday Sun - (1933) - Kakamega Gold Fields - 'the DC, a grey haired, elderly man called Colonel Anderson, with one leg stiffened by a war wound. He was coping in a most unruffled manner with the unexpected situations that had sprung at him, situations for which no previous experience can have prepared him.'
EA & Rhodesia - 18/6/59 - Colonel E.L. Brooke Anderson, CBE, DSO, who died at the week-end in Nairobi at the age of 69, entered the Colonial Service in Kenya after the 1914-18 war. After being private secretary to an Acting Governor, Sir Edward Denham, he was DC in Kakamega during the gold rush. During the last war he was Director of Pioneers and Labour in East Africa Command. He retired in 1950 and came to live in England, but went back to Kenya some months ago.
DSO - He served in the European War from 1914, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette 1/12/14) - "Eric Litchfield Brooke Anderson, Lieut. RFA. On 26 Sept displayed conspicuous bravery with his gun in the infantry firing line, bringing it out of its emplacement to meet the enemy's infantry attack. The gun was struck by a shell, and he and 3 of the detachment were wounded". ……… Capt. Danilo has the Order of Danilo.
Barnes - St. Paul's Church, Kiambu Cemetery - 1889-1959
Debrett - Commr for African Land Utilization and Settlement, Kenya.
RH s.1277 - DC at Kisii in 1922.
KAD 1922 - Administration Cadet, Kiambu
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Kiambu Voters List
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Uasin Gishu Voters Roll expunged
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