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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 Jan 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

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 (1916 Cornwall-12 June 1941 Fairford); Bryony Lorna (Stevenson-Hamilton) (3 Sep 1914 Williton, Somerset-4 Apr 1980 Tiverton); Dianne Lorraine (1919)

Book Reference: Bwana, Red 31, Hut, Thurston, Settlement, Debrett, 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
Debrett - 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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