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Name: ABBAY, Bryan Norman CB (Col.)

Nee: son of Rev Canon Richard Abbay, of Earl Soham, Suffolk

Birth Date: 6 June 1881 Plomesgate, Suffolk

Death Date: 19 Feb 1947 drowned off Lamu, boat capsized

First Date: 1930

Profession: A most colourful character - a retired Indian Army Colonel of the old school. He had served in the Boer War, WW1 and in various campaigns on the frontiers of India. ....... tough as an old boot and scared of nothing

Area: Nanyuki

Married: In Earl Soham 28 Oct 1913 Henrietta (Etty) Maud Julius (div.) b. 5 Apr 1891 Colombo, Ceylon, d. Apr 1983

Children: John Richard (1915); Lorna (Stevenson-Hamilton)

Book Reference: Bwana, Red 31, Hut, Thurston, Settlement, Debretts, Web

War Service: 6th Cav. Bgde.; 20 R/Fus; 16th Light Cav. Major

General Information:

Bwana - if his ghost will forgive me for saying so, he was as tough as an old boot, both physically and mentally and scared of nothing ..... A few years later he came to an untimely but not inappropriate, end off Lamu Island ...... his boat capsized and he drowned.
Thurston - CO 533, 438/12 - 1933-34 - Colonel B.N. Abbay: application for land
Thurston - CO 533, 446/11 - 1934-35 - Colonel B.N. Abbay: petition regarding purchase of land
Thurston - CO 533, 458/2 - 1935 - Colonel B.N. Abbay: petition on behalf of R.V. Gasson regarding purchase of farm Thurston - CO 533, 475/13 - 1936-37 - Colonel B.N. Abbay: complaints against treatment by Land Department
Settlement - 1945 - Advert for "The Sacred Lake Hotel" Meru - Manager - Colonel B. N. Abbay, CB
Debretts - Col. (retired) Indian Army (late Comdt. 18th King Edward's Own Cav); S. Africa 1901-2 (Queen's Medal with 4 clasps), European War 1914-16 in France & Belgium (despatches, 1914 star, 2 medals), Afghanistan 1919 (Brevet Lieut.-Col.), Waziristan 1919-20 (despatches), cr. CB (Mil) 1931
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Aberdare Voters List
Gazette 22 Apr 1947 probate

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