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Name: DUIRS, Alexander Brown 'Alec'

Nee: bro of David Peter Duirs

Birth Date: 17 Mar 1868 Kinneff, Kincardineshire

Death Date: 4 Oct 1950 'Springfield', Hoey's Bridge

Nationality: British

First Date: 1904

Last Date: 1950

Profession: Manager of Sir Northrup McMillan's farm at Juja which was extensively stocked with sheep, cattle, pigs, ostrich and horses, and which had a very large acreage of cultivation. 1938 farmer Hoey's Bridge

Area: EAHB 1905 - Limoru, Juja, 1930 Springfield Hoey's Bridge, Hut - 1920 Kiambu

Married: In Witwatersrand 23 Jan 1905 Ethel May Norman b. 1870 Brixton, d. 21 Oct 1940 Eldoret

Children: James Alec (25.1.1906 Nairobi-2 Mar 1931 Eldoret); Norman William (11.4.1909 Juja, Ukamba-1955); Laurence Robert (8 June 1912 Juja-1989)

Book Reference: Gillett, HBEA, Meikle, Footsteps, EAHB 1905, Red 31, Hut, EAMR, Playne, Drumkey, Land, EAHB 1906, Gazette, Harmony, North, Leader14, Red Book 1912, Barnes

War Service: WW1 with EAMR - B Sqdn. 5/8/14 - 1/2/15 - Lieut. 8/8/14; Capt. 30/10/14

General Information:

Barnes Eldoret cem. Ethel May / beloved wife of Alec Duirs / and dear mother of / Norman & Laurie / died Oct 21st 1940. Also James Alec d. 2 Mar 1931 to the dear memory of / James Alec Duirs / "Jimmy" / March 2nd 1931 / aged 25 years
Playne - Juja Farm - One of the most successful stock-raisers in the Nairobi District is Mr W. Northrup McMillan, who arrived in BEA in September 1904, from New Mexico, USA. The Juja Farm, on which he settled in 1905, is some 20000 acres in extent, and about 23 miles from Nairobi railway station. It is bounded by the Athi, Ruero, and Nderugo Rivers, thus being abundantly supplied with water. Cattle, ostriches, sheep, pigs, horses, and mules are all being run under the management of Mr A.B. Duirs, besides which, on 300 acres, lucerne and grain are being cultivated.
Land - 1908 - A.B. Duirs - Grazing, 5015 acres, Fort Hall District, 8-10-07, Registered 12-11-08
Land - 1907 - A.B. Duirs - Agricultural, 645 acres, Limuru, 18-4-04, Homestead, Registered 7-3-07
Land - 1911 - A.B. Duirs - Grazing and agricultural, 3070 acres (Farm No. 162) - Uasin Gishu - 18/9/11 - Leasehold under Occupation Licence for 2 to 99 years from 1/10/11 - Registered 16/12/11
Gazette - 26/8/1914 - Appt. - Alec Duirs, DSO [sic?], Volunteer Forces, East Africa Mounted Rifles, to be Lieutenant, to date August 8th 1914
Gazette - 4/11/1914 - Appt. - EAMR - To be Captain - Lieutenant A.B. Duirs, DSO [? not in Debrett]
Gazette - 11/8/1915 - Appt. - EAMR - Resignation - Captain Alexander Browne Duirs, DSO {Not in DSO Book?]
Member of Lodge Harmony - Initiated 6/9/09, age 41, Farmer, Juja, Nairobi
North - Arr. Mombasa from SA with wife, Ethel May née Norman and son Edmund Grahame (1894) 19/3/1904; Land Grant application, Limuru 18/4/1904; Land holder's Game Licence, Nairobi, April-June 1905
Red Book 1912 - A.B. Duirs - Nairobi
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Uasin Gishu Voters Roll

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