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 Mackinnon Road, Kenya

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Age : 67
Localisation : Somerset
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Places Served : BAOR/ NI/ Belize/ Cyprus/ Brunei/ Australia/ Wilton/ Ashford/ Church Crookham/ Aldershot/ Chicksands/ London
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PostSubject: Mackinnon Road, Kenya   17/9/2010, 09:24

I know this is a long shot but does any of the older generation have any recollection of Mackinnon Road Supply Depot in the 1950s. I'll keep it a simple as that until I see if there is any response.
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PostSubject: Re: Mackinnon Road, Kenya   17/9/2010, 10:41

Way before my time. My Father was in Kenya during th MAu MAu insurgency and travelled the country extensively - he was in the RASC then, later RCT however, he sadly passed away in 2003 so I guess I cannot help.
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PostSubject: Re: Mackinnon Road, Kenya   23/5/2011, 15:42

I remember Mackinnon Road very well. My father was posted there in 1950. He lived in a tent at first but they were building an "English Village" in the bush, with a post box and telephone kiosk, and we were later assigned a two story house with a small garden. We lived there for about nine months. There was a Scout troop which regularly went out into the bush to do orienteering. One day about a dozen of us were being marched out and we came across a lion sitting on the railway line. Our scout master quietly told us to halt, then about turn, and march back. We left quietly and he followed after we were well clear and then said "Now run"!

There was also a British Prisoner of War Camp. There were three Italian prisioners who had refused to leave. The Camp Commandant, a Colonel, was much loved by the "inmates" (who came and went freely) and went on benders together. One was a former chef to an Italian General and the colonel hosted terrific parties with great food.

The "village" was destroyed when the British closed the camp odw, but you can still see remnants of the roads they built and foundations of the houses.

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PostSubject: Re: Mackinnon Road, Kenya   8/6/2011, 14:27

Thanks for that Kenyaregiment. I believe my Dad may have been with the EAASC. I was born in the BMH in August 1950. I have photos of the houses in the English Village being built. I have found out quite a bit about the Mackinnon Road project since my first post. How old were you then, my sister is a bit older than me and may have some clearer memories.
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PostSubject: Re: Mackinnon Road, Kenya   8/6/2011, 15:31

While on the subject of Kenya..I have been looking for a mate from boys service who was posted there in 62..It was the COMCAN unit.Dont have any other info other than his name Peter Fergusson
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