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Name: REECE, Alys Isabel Wingfield MBE

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Nee: dau of Horace Ernest Humphrey Tracy

Birth Date: 13 Mar 1912 Bury St Edmunds

Death Date: 18 Jan 1995

First Date: 1936

Married: 20 Mar 1936 Sir Gerald Reece (1897-1985)

Children: Sarah Rose Tracy (Tennant) (1937); Caroline Ann Tracy (1940), Andrew Edward Mackintosh (1945); Alastair Hugh (1949)

Author: 'To my Wife - 50 Camels'

Book Reference: Reece

School: Grove School, Highgate

General Information:

Reece - Gerald made his will and left everything to Alys. This included 50 camels. ...... On the boat out she was warned by a Mrs S. that if she were going to the Northern Frontier she should have to look out for her husband's master, Vincent Glenday; according to Mrs S. he so disliked women that he did his best to keep them out of his province. ....... 'I believed this. For a long time I was more frightened of Glenday than I was of the lone buffalo which haunted the back of the house ...... Glenday was sometimes referred to - affectionately, as I learnt later - as the 'Cock of the North'.
Beyond Isiolo what he said went .......... He could not have been kinder to me and became a good friend. It was true, however, that he preferred to have unmarried men in the NFD. He regarded young wives as a liability in a part of the world where an officer had more often than not to be out of the station. ...... Glenday did not approve of women on safari, and there were many areas where he expressly forbade them to accompany their husbands.

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