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Name: WRAY, Peter John

Birth Date: 1881 Rhodesia

Death Date: 1948 Kampala

First Date: 1914

Profession: Miner

Area: Lolgorien, Kisii 1922-23

Married: In Rhodesia Jane Lynn b. 1885

Children: Amy Adeline (7 Dec 1905 Rhodesia); Gertrude 'Gertie' (1907 Rhodesia); George

Book Reference: Directory of EA 1922-23, KAD, Red 25, Red 22, John Heppes

General Information:

Directory Source:- P. Rimington
John Heppes - Peter born either in Yorkshire or Rhodesia. He married in Rhodesia …….. Decided to go North to Tanganyika and in 1914 travelled by rail to Beira? Caught a boat to Mombasa. They then caught the train to Kisumu en route to Musoma in Tanganyika. As they had missed the Lake Victoria steamer, Peter hired a fishing boat, a dhow, to take them from Kisumu to Musoma. From Musoma he hired porters and walked to, I believe, the Lolgorien Gold mine where he had obtained employment. When war broke out the family were taken into custody by the Germans and sent to an island off Mwanza to grow food for the German troops. After a couple of years, Jane and the children were released and sent to Kenya. Peter was released at a later date and found his way to Nairobi where he and the family were reunited. After the war Peter worked on the Kilimafeza gold mine in Tanganyika (in the present Serengeti National Park) and other locations in Tanganyika. In the late 1920s Peter moved to Western Uganda where he mined and prospected for tin, tantalite, wolfram, other minerals and gold until his death in Kampala in 1948

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