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Name: EDGELL, Henry Methuen

Birth Date: 23 Jan 1900 Darbhanga, Bengal

Death Date: 12 July 1972 Poughill, Cornwall

First Date: 1906

Profession: Planter. Trained zebras.

Area: Nairobi, Bura River, Spring Valley, Sergoit, 1930 Mistley Farm, Kahawa

Book Reference: Meikle, Kenya Diary, Drumkey, Land, KAD, Red 25, Red 31, Hut, Red 22, Mills

General Information:

Kenya Diary - Apr. 1906 - Bura, Serengeti Plains - met one Pattison, a local planter ....... Pattison employs 3 Europeans on his estate - an Italian, a German, and an Englishman called Edgell. This latter fellow has just got into trouble with the German authorities over the border and is now on bail from Moshi. They treated him badly, for he was arrested by black soldiers and marched with handcuffs through native villages. His offence was that he had omitted to pay land tax. Edgell therefore hates the Germans. ............ Pattison has been unlucky in losing one of his partners, a man called Tattersall. He recently went off his head, a common occurrence due to the climate, shot 2 policemen and tried to shoot Collyer's servant. He is now lodged in Mombasa gaol awaiting trial.
Drumkey 1909 Directory of Residents - H. Edgell, Nairobi
Land - 1906 - H. Edgell - Building, 10 acres, Parklands, Registered 10-5-06
North - H.E. Edgell - Land Grant application, Kikuyu Road 11/4/1904; arr. Mombasa from England with wife and child 28/7/1904
Meikle - 1912 - 'A pair of zebras is often seen in harness. Mr Edgell, who has a place just outside Nairobi has made a speciality of training them to harness, with some considerable success.
Mills - Photo of a postcard sent by H.M. Edgell in Jan 1921 from Nairobi to Mrs Du Boe, Brushford Rectory, Nr. Dulverton, Devon. Message - "I arrived here yesterday after a very pleasant voyage, but rather a long one & the ship was very packed, just like a sardine tin. Nairobi seems quite nice; hot in the middle of the day & cold at night. …."
1939 England and Wales Register living with his mother Marianne in Tiverton

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