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Name: NIGHTINGALE, Edward Humphrey 'Ted' CMG

Birth Date: 19 Aug 1904 Ottery St Mary, Devon

Death Date: 14 June 1996 Cheltenham

First Date: ?1954

Last Date: 1996

Profession: Sudan Political Service - Governor of Equatoria. Retired to farm in Kenya. Later reared turkeys on the edge of the Kinangop near Naivasha

Area: Nunjoro Farm Naivasha, Kinangop

Married: 1944 Evelyn Mary 'Billie' Ray b. 31 Jan 1914 Naivasha, d. 19 July 2004 Naivasha (Venn Fey's cousin, dau of Mervyn Swire Ray of Kinangop)

Children: Peter; Charles; Richard; Daphne

Book Reference: Fey, Women 2/96, Hut, O&C, Debrett

School: Rugby; Emmanuel College Cambridge 1923-26

General Information:

Obit. Women in Kenya 2/96 - Ted, husband of Billie, died in the UK at the age of nearly 92 after a full life of service to Africa. After he left University he joined the elite band of the Sudan Political Service which he served with distinction, finally refusing the highest post open in the Sudan in order to work 'in the bush' as Governor of Equatorial Province. Three of his four children were born in Sudan and when he retired, at the compulsory age of 50, he and Billie returned to his wife's home country of Kenya where they had already bought a farm. Ted plunged into farming with the devotion he had already given to his life in the Sudan and, although Ted and Billie had to move farms because of African settlement at Independence, he made a great success of farming turkeys on the edge of the Kinangop near Naivasha where a thanksgiving service for his life was held on August 28th 1996. At this service Ted's sons, Peter, Charles, and Richard and his daughter, Daphne, were all present with their families, many of whom took part at the family 'church' - a beautiful place under olive trees close to the house at Njoro. Young members of the family provided instrumental music for the service and the eulogy was given by Peter Barclay, an old polo playing friend of Ted's, polo being Ted's great sport which he gave up only at the age of 85. It was a very happy day of thankfulness for a man who gave much to Africa and who lived a fulfilled life, leaving a wonderful wife and family to survive him.
Debrett - Dep. Civil Sec., Sudan Govt. 1951-2 and Gov. of Equatoria Province, Sudan 1952-4; has 4th class Order of the Nile of Egypt
Telegraph - 6/7/1996 - Obituary 

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