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Name: DEAN, William James

Birth Date: 1887

Death Date: 17 Aug 1945 Nairobi

First Date: 1922

Profession: Farmer and foreman Uganda Rly

Area: Eldama Ravine, 1930 Nairobi

Married: Jane b. 1887

Book Reference: KAD, Red 25, Hut, Red 31, Red 22

General Information:

Red 22 - W.J. Dean, E.S.M., Nairobi
Red 25 - Uganda Railway, Nairobi
John Rawlins - Thika Rapids Farm - William James Dean and John Rawlins (my father) formed a partnership and bought the farm at Auction in Nairobi for £2000 and were excited at the prospects. This was after the fall of Dunkirk and I find it surprising that they made a bid for the farm. They both worked in the Kenya and Uganda Railway workshops in Nairobi, and I can remember how busy they were once the threat of an Italian invasion from Abyssinia became real, not only with maintaining the Railway's rolling stock but also with the additional work done there to equip the local army units converting commercial vehicles (pick up trucks) for fast bush reconnaissance work with Lewis gun mountings on the cab roof and at the rear tailgate.
Gazette - 6/2/1924 - Voters Register - Nairobi North - William James Dean, Foreman Uganda Railway, Upper Parklands and Mrs Jane Dean, Married, Upper Parklands
Gazette - Voters List 1936 - William James Dean, Foreman, KUR, Upper Parklands and Mrs Jane Dean, Married woman, Upper Parklands
Barnes - Forest Rd cem Nairobi
Blue Book 1926 appt 20.3.1922

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