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Name: KINNEAR, George CBE

Birth Date: 1894 Charlestown, Scotland

Death Date: 29 July 1957 Nairobi

First Date: 1922

Last Date: 1957

Profession: Editor of the EA Standard.

Area: Nairobi

Married: Georgina Lilian Stephenson b. 1894, d. 1994

Children: Ian Albert Clark CMG 'Tim' (23.12.1924-29.10.2008 Tonbridge)

Book Reference: Vulture, KAD, Red 25, Red 31, Jambo 60, EA & Rhodesia, Red 22, Barnes

School: Scotland

General Information:

Red 25 - served Imperial Forces, GEA; prior war engaged journalism, Scottish newspapers; joined 'Leader', Nairobi 1919, 'EA Standard' 1922. Kenya Correspondent of 'The Times'
East Africa & Rhodesia - 8/8/57 - Mr George Kinnear, CBE, who died in Nairobi last week at the age of 63, left the 'Dunfermline Journal' early in the 1914-18 war to join the Army, which sent him to East Africa. The result was that after demobilization he joined the Nairobi 'Leader', which was absorbed three years later by the 'East African Standard' of which he soon became editor. When he retired from that post last year he had occupied the editorial chair for 32 years (except for a brief  and strange interlude in 1925 when the Government of Kenya seconded one of its senior officials, Mr G.R. (afterwards Sir George) Sandford, as editor; that remarkable experiment was not a success and did not last long.)
During the last war Kinnear was a war correspondent with the East African Forces in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Italy and Burma. For that work he was made OBE in 1946, and in this year's Birthday Honours he was promoted to CBE. As local correspondent of 'The Times' for many years he was largely responsible for the picture of East Africa which was presented through that paper to a world-wide public.
Kinnear was a hard worker and a man whose discretion and disinterestedness were trusted by many of Kenya's official and non-official leaders over a long period. His part, as he saw it, was to reflect informed opinion rather than lead it; his leading articles were consequently explanatory, and not often critical. In private however, he frequently commented more freely, for, though essentially modest, he felt strongly on various aspects of affairs. He is survived by his wife and a son who is in the Civil Service in Kenya.
Barnes - Nairobi City Park Cemetery - George Kinnear, died 29 Jul 1957 aged 63
KAD 1922 - c/o Leader Office
Gazette - Voters List 1936 - George Kinnear, Journalist, Muthaiga and Georgina Lilian Kinnear, Married woman, Muthaiga

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