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Name: DELAP, James Onslow Kingsmill DSO (Major)

Nee: son of James Bogle Delap of Lillingstone Lovell Manor

Birth Date: 12 July 1882 Kingstown, Ireland

Death Date: 3 Mar 1957 Nairobi

First Date: 1922

Last Date: 1957

Profession: Farmer

Area: 'Kayata', Donyo Sabuk, Chania Bridge, 1920 Kayata Estate partner with Kingsmith Donyo Sabuk

Married: 1. In Bedford 27 Jan 1904 Dorothy Audrey Davison b. 3 Jan 1885 Sedgefield, Durham, d. 9 Oct 1972 Nairobi) (div. 1936); 2. 1936 Nina Schlesinger Sinclair b. 3 Aug 1898 Hampstead, d. 1957 (prev. m. to Albert Marc Diament 1898-1942)

Children: 1. Hugh Alan Kingsmill (8 May 1906 Holmwood, Surrey-1965); William Francis (7 July 1910 Dorking-1982)

Book Reference: KAD, Red 25, Red 31, Hut, EA & Rhodesia, Debrett, Red 22, Barnes, DSO, Wolseley-Lewis, Burke, Fox Davies

War Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

School: Wellington and Christ Church Oxford, BA (Oxon)

General Information:

East Africa & Rhodesia - 28/3/57 - Mr James Onslow Kingsmill Delap, DSO, who has died in Nairobi at the age of 76, was born in Kingstown Ireland, educated at Wellington College and Christ Church, Oxford, and then joined the staff of the Conservative Central Office in London. Two years later he began travelling in many countries, and so occupied himself until the outbreak of war in 1914, when he joined the Royal Artillery. He served on the Western Front for four years, at different times commanding 303 Siege Battery and the 29th Brigade of Heavy Artillery. Soon after demobilization he settled in Kenya and grew sugar and coffee at Donyo Sabuk. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1932 to 1934 and of Nairobi District Council for many years from its inception. He was a frequent writer to the press, especially on political and water conservation problems. In his younger days he had been a good tennis and squash racquets player. He had passed the highest test of the Ski Club of Great Britain, and in later life he became an ardent goggle fisher in East African coastal waters.
Red 22 has J.O.K. Depal!
Nairobi Forest Road cemetery - James Onslow R Delap, British, age 75, died 3/3/57
Wolseley-Lewis - 1930s - the Delaps, who lived at Yatta, Donyo Sabuk,  …… Jock was a concrete king and loved building. His wife Audrey was a keen gardener and between them they had created an amazing place out in the bush. He had started by growing sugar but the Government had a policy that it was illegal because it was used too much for making alcohol. They had two sons, Allen who was growing coffee on a neighbouring bit of land, and Bill who was a bit wild. Allen was married to Molly who was much too sophisticated for life in the bush and left. ….. Jock had built a swimming pool with portholes through which one could watch the swimmers. He loved his concrete but to show him there were other things I built Audrey a dry stone wall in her garden which lasted for years. She was an early collector of Bougainvillaea. ……. Not many people lived in such palaces as the Delaps. A lot had brought out the family heirlooms, which looked incongruous in a mud hut. Jock had several pictures which looked like Canalettos on his walls. He thought they were.
Red 25 - Honorary Permit Issuer
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Ukamba Voters List

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