Nairobi Traffic Squad - 1930

Somewhat overstaffed one would have thought!

CID HQ 1935

Recognise F C Brookes?

Photograph Archive

New photographs have been added to the Archive. They could be of particular interest to those who served at CID Headquarters.

Signals Training School

New Photograph sent in by Elizabeth Fielding

Graham Tudor

Graham Tudor retired as Hon. Secretary to The Kenya Police Association at our AGM in June 2016 after twenty years of hard work, administering the Association very efficiently.

Graham’s wife, Kerry, gave full backing and support to Graham during that period, helping with computer work and arrangements for our annual functions.

Unfortunately, Graham suffered a mini stroke recently and around the same time Kerry also endured health problems, so this fine partnership needed to end. Graham passed the Hon. Secretary task over to fellow Committee Member, Tarsem Rumpal and moved, with unanimous approval, to the post of President of our Association, where his experience and wise advice will valuable to us all.

Graham spent thirteen years in The Kenya Police, serving in The NFD, Nyeri and Nairobi.

The Committee and all Members thank Graham and Kerry for their hard work and dedication the Kenya Police Association and wish them well in health in the coming years.

From John Newton
The Kenya Police – A Living History

How it Started

I am Treasurer of The Kenya Police Association in Britain and an Author and Publisher.
The idea of a Living History came to me whilst receiving many telephone calls from my colleagues or wives and widows during a specific project that needed lots of contact with my Police colleagues, wives and widows.
One morning I chatted individually with three widows who all had interesting tales of their time in Kenya as Police wives. I listened with close attention and sympathy, realizing that they now had no one to talk to about their experiences in their normal day-to-day life. Who would understand now, the trials, tribulations and excitements of those days sixty or seventy years ago?
At the end of the third conversation, it came to me that they were reciting real and true history, so I sent an Email and letter around to all on our contact lists in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and USA, explaining my idea and asking for their stories to compile into a book. I made the strong point that I did not want a lot of blood-and-thunder Mau Mau stories. I asked for tales that would show how we lived, worked and did our duty throughout Kenya, not just among the Kikuyu.
At best I expected thirty or forty stories. In the event I received eighty, with not a dud among them. Police Officer and their wives, widows, sons and daughters sent me a series of fascinating tales that I found absolutely absorbing, although I had lived through similar experiences.
Using an artist – a close friend – I commissioned line drawings to accompany a number of the stories. He had never done such art before, but I gave him the stories I thought could take an illustration and he turned out a series of absolutely wonderful pictures that jump from the page and help make the book even more vibrant. I gave him no instructions on what to draw. I simply sent the stories and he chose the subject from what he read into the tale being told. He refused any payment and even tried to split the cost of lunch with me when I invited him and his wife out in gratitude for the lovely line drawings.
In each story I edited carefully, usually with the author in order to preserve each individual Voice. No words of mine are in any of the stories and I made an astonishing number of friends during the editing process in coaxing the editing from them. Many I edited by telephone, both in Britain and abroad. Others I edited by Email.
Being a proper history book, I published as a hardback for extra quality and longevity.
The First Living History went so well I have so far reprinted twice. In addition, it has been well received outside the niche of our worldwide Kenya Police Associations. The first volume seemed to capture the imagination of those who had not written and compelled them to write.
After publication, so many stories continued to flow in, I had to compile a second volume, codenamed LH2. The codenames are because, while preparing LH1 I never expected to compile a Second Living History and writing the words “The First Living History”, or “The Second Living History” is such a mouthful.
I published LH2 during early May. So many stories continued to come in during preparation of LH2, I planned a short rest, then, with the number of stories remaining from LH2 and more still coming in, I am about to get going with LH3. By all means don’t stop. Send more stories if you have them in your head. I imagine LH3 will be complete by May 2017.
Thanks to all those who sent such wonderful tales for the first two books You have as much credit for the success of these two volumes as me because, without your wonderful tales, I would have had nothing to produce and publish.
If you are abroad and decide to buy the books, go to and enter the ISBN numbers in the search box. For LH1 enter 9780957583856 and for LH2, 978095757363. This will bring the books up immediately.
Wordery is a first class British company and ship post-free throughout the world and even discount the book. If you are in Britain, buy from me, John Newton, 39 Taylors Ride, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3JN.

All good wishes

John Newton

Landline: 01525-378193
Mobile: 0796-883-7705

In Memoriam

Peter Wilkins                            1st November 2015
Don Paxton                               25th November
John Hill                                    6th December
David Corless                           23rd December
Tim Morgan                              December
Bernard Charles Andrews        2nd January 2016
Dan Thomas                             19th January
Len Reeves                               24th January
J.O.(Jim) Hollis                          3rd February
Gordon Lindsey                        26th May
Doug Mower                             31st May
Arthur Lawton                           9th June
Ian Hamilton                             14th June

Graham Clark

                    SAYING GOODBYE IS HARD TO DO


Eulogy to Graham Clark
President of the Kenya Police Association and a Dear Friend.
From His Comrades
On The Occasion Of His Funeral – 18th November 2015

In our lifetime we only have one opportunity to make a difference.

Graham was always that Gentleman who was ready by thought, word and deed, to reach out a hand when it was most needed.

His bravery is well documented by Royal Honours. His communications and responses with H.M. The Queen are legend and he was deeply passionate of his Scottish Heritage. Oh Flower of Scotland when will we see your like again.

Graham was the first Kenya Police Officer to attend the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan Castle. I followed Graham, as the first Irishman, and we often shared our experiences and pride of being there.

We were honoured to have Graham as our longest serving Association President. He did us proud in all situations, weaved his magic to resolve problems and made us smile.

Let me end this short appreciation of his many attributes, kindness and fortitude in his later years, by a Swahili farewell, a language he spoke fluently, from his beloved Kenya.


Old Friends

TIM SYMONDS who served in the KPR in Central Province in 1955/56 would like to hear from old acquaintances.
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