Charanjit Singh Giddi
It is with much regret that I convey to you news of the passing of Charanjit (Channi) Singh Giddi (RIP) on 17th July 2018. Charanjit passed away after a short illness in Nairobi. Although he is not listed as a KPA member, his families' contribution to the Kenya Police service right from its inception is worth a recount. His great grand uncle, Mr. Kapur Singh, was recruited directly from India by the East Africa Company in 1895 as the first Asian/Sikh policeman in Kenya. One of Kapur Singh's sons, Satbachan Singh retired from the police as Chief Inspector. His son in turn, Harbans Singh Giddi, following the family tradition, also joined the police in 1955.
Charanjit's father, Inderjit Singh Giddi, was a renowned detective and is credited with the rapid solution of the great train robbery which took place between Nairobi and Nakuru, which, I believe happened in the 1960's. Charanjit joined the police in 1949/50 and retired in the late 1970's. His service was mostly with the police prosecution branch. At the time of his retirement he was with the 'Q' Branch and his rank at that time of his leaving, I am not sure, but I am told it was an A.S.P.
You will note from the above that at least a member of Charanjit's family served the Kenya Police throughout its history as a colonial force.
On behalf of us all I send to Charanjit's family our heart felt condolences with the prayer that may God bless the departed soul with eternal peace.
Charles was born in 1931 and joined the RAF as an engineering apprentice at RAF Halton in 1947. He did extremely well with the result that within six months he was commissioned. He was posted to Southern Rhodesia on flying training. Whilst on a solo flight at 10,000 feet, unfortunately, one of the engines caught fire. He managed to bring the plane down but during emergency landing fractured both his wrists. This incident effectively cut short his flying career. He returned to the UK to a desk job. Finding it a bit boring, he resigned his commission and signed up to join the Kenya Police in 1953.
After training at PTS Kiganjo, he was posted to Gilgil Police Station. He served at various places in the Rift Valley Province, including a short spell with Special Branch in Nakuru. Charles also served with the GSU and as an instructor at Kiganjo. He then took over Mathari Police Depot where he instructed in specialised police duties. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent and as such served at Force HQ and the Coast Province where he took over as Divisonal Commander, North Coast Division. After a successful Police career he left Kenya in 1966.
Returning to UK he was recommissioned into the RAF in January 1967. He left the RAF in February 1986.
In February 1982 he was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen.
Charles worked for a civilian contractor in Oman for three years. Back in UK he became the Coordinator of the Teignbridge District Victim Support Scheme (Devon). He retired from full time service at the age of 70 years.
Charles is survived by his wife, Margaret, children and grand children.
I wish to add that Charles was a very effective member of the Executive Committee of the Kenya Police Association. His valuable contributions and his wise counsel at the EC meetings and the AGMs will for ever be missed.
Kwaheri Charles - rest in peace.
Bill was Kenya born and served the Force and his Country with Honour. he was also one the youngest members of the Force and was Honoured in the Queen's Honour list with the Colonial Police Medal for his bravery and control in dispersing an armed, volatile, rioting Mob toward the end of the Emergency. One of their objects was to kill (murder) him and any Mzungu in their way. The Legislative Council at the time debated his actions and courage for several days in their proceedings.
Bill was a qualified lawyer and did most his studies and exams in Kenya. I believe he went to UK to graduate. He later, emigrating to Queensland, Australia, and was most successful in his profession.
I was honoured to be invited to his 80th Birthday party in Australia and I believe John has the photo of Bill(R.I.P.), Bill Bennett, Ian Lindsay(R.I.P.) and myself, taken on that occasion. Bill is survived by his wife and three sons, one a very successful pilot with Cathy Pacific with HQ., in Hong Kong.
Kwa Heri, BIll. "Pumvika sasa na amani, mpaka tutakuonana tena."
It is with great sadness that I write to you to inform you of my father's death last week. He died on Tuesday 6th March after being in hospital for three months.
I found his CV this week which lists his Kenya service as follows: He served for 18 years with the Kenya Police, from 1954 to 1972, from Inspector to Senior Superintendent, all as a Special Branch Officer. From 1954 to 1963 he was employed on varied Special Branch duties in District and Provincial formations. Not written in his CV, but from what I remember him telling me, he spent much of this time in Nyeri. From 1963, he worked as Senior Desk Officer in the Office of Director of Intelligence, Nairobi, responsible for overall coordination of operations and collation of intelligence.
He was a great supporter of the KPA, and attended all events when he could. Last October, I brought him over to Langley for the curry lunch, which he enjoyed greatly.
He will be much missed by all who knew him. He was a truly special person.
I will write to you next week with details of the funeral.
I now have details of his funeral, which will be on Friday 6th April at 2.40pm at West Herts Crematorium (High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford WD25 0JS). This will be followed by a memorial service at 3.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Watford Road, St Albans AL2 3HG. Members are welcome to attend either or both services as they wish.
With kind regards
From Mike Stoakes -
My dad joined the kenya police in 1953 (from the BSAP in rhodesia - my mother was serving too) and was initially posted to nyeri. he did guard duty at the sagana lodge and i have pictures of him there with some colleagues (all in mufti) if they might be of interest to your members. he also witnessed the execution of 8 mau mau suspects that was also mentioned by graham greene in his writings. not sure if greene was there. this was all mentioned in a letter to his mother that i still have. he was around nairobi i think at kileleshwa then posted to isiolo in about 1954/5. then he was moved to murang'a (fort hall) around 1957, eldoret 1959 and kiambu in 1960. after our long leave we moved briefly to nyali and then to mombasa, leaving for new zealand in 63/64.
a member of the KPA attended my father's funeral in 1995 so you definitly knew about him.
any news of the barrett's or their family would be very welcome. the only contact from kiambu i have is paul jackson whose father was in charge of kamiti. my parent's signatures appear in their guest book.
i have some video from my father's cine - quite a lot of isiolo and surrounds and people relaxing at a pool. i'd be happy to forward some screen grabs if any of the faces might be familiar.
Raj Kumar Sethi
It is with much regret that I have to convey to you all the very sad news of the passing of Raj Kumar Sethi (RIP). The funeral will take place at 2.40 pm on Thursday, 1st March 2018 at the West Herts Crematorium, North Chapel, High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford WD25 0JS.
Raj joined the Kenya Police at the beginning of 1953. Most of his early years were with the Nairobi Area traffic department. He also served at the Industrial Area Police Station in Nairobi; other places he was stationed at were Thomsons Falls and Forthall. His last posting was at Kiambu. When he left the Force in 1971 he had achieved the rank of Chief Inspector. On a personal level, I always found Raj as one of the most likeable personalities; ever ready with a joke and a smile! Raj is survived by his wife, sons and grand children.
It is with much regret that I have to convey to you the very sad news of the passing on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 of John Fyffe (RIP). The funeral is to be held at Torquay on Monday, 5 March at 11.15.
John's wife, Moira, met him when he was home on leave in 1962. During his police service he was in Scenes of Crime and was posted for a couple of years each to Nairobi, Kisumu and Mandera.
On behalf of us all I send to Moira and family our heart felt condolences with the the prayer that may God bless the departed soul with eternal peace.
Email from J R D Hipkins
Having just stumbled across your Association’s website, I hope that you will not mind receiving an email from a member of the Royal Military Police (and ex West Midlands Police) currently based in Nairobi with the British Army. As part of my duties with the British Peace Support Team (Africa) (BPST(A), I am partly responsible for training members of the Kenya Police for service with AMISOM in Somalia. I have just spent a most interesting hour perusing your site and would like to offer my congratulations for the effort that has gone in to produce so informative and fascinating window into the past. I wish the Association all the luck for the future.
SO1 AU MST
It is with great sadness that I have to advise you of the death of John Ross OBE (b.23.12.1929), a great friend and colleague, who died in Bournemouth on Friday 15 December 2017.
John and I joined the Kenya Police in December1951, with Jim McHugh, Jim (Malcolm) Chase, Peter Laycock and Les Hudson (all deceased). Following a training course at Kiganjo, John was posted to the Traffic Department in Nairobi and remained in the Department, throughout his service, both in Nairobi and Mombasa, until his early retirement in 1963.
John played rugby and hockey for The Kenya Police.
John's children Kirk and Linda (both born in Kenya) and Johnathan, are still living in John's home town of Bournemouth.
Arrangements concerning John's funeral will be announced by Kirk, as soon as they are known.
Kirk can be contacted at 01425 475467 and at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From the Secretary 2.11.17
It is with much sorrow that I have to pass on to you all the sad news of the passing, peacefully at home, of Peggy Manby (RIP). Peggy was of the age of 94. She was the much-loved wife of the late Mervyn Manby, who was, at the time if his retirement, the Director of Special Branch in Kenya. Peggy was the mother of Nick and Susie and a friend to so many. The funeral was on Friday, 17 November 2017.
Ann Silcock writes about Peggy Manby as follows:
"Peggy was the widow of ACP Mervyn Manby Director Special Branch. Peggy was a wonderful person, very supportive of her husband during his time of service and a good friend of all SB families. I shall miss her warm personality." - Ann Silcock.
May God bless the departed soul with eternal peace.
From Sherry Hatfield 26.11.17
Hello or Habari, my father, Norman Simmins Stewart(Paddy), served as a member of the Kenya Police from 1954 to 1963. I was told that Mum and Dad drove from Tanganyka through to Kenya and three hours after they left the Police Station at Fort Hall? It was attacked by the Mau Mau.
I have known about the association for a long time, but was only reminded today, when my brother Roy, sent me a copy of The Kenya Police, a Living History.
In fact, my brother Roy, was born in Nyeri.
I remember many of the stories told by my father and also have a number of photographs.
My mother Hanna is still alive, she is 89 and will be coming to spend Christmas with the family here in Melbourne.
Mum still insists on living in Auckland, new Zealand, as that is where my father is buried. My brother Roy, lives in Brisbane.
Does anyone remember my father and would like to contact me?
Kind regards, Sherry hatfield (nee Stewart)