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   Roger Phipps


Roger Phipps

House: Clive
Years: 1948-1951

Home was at Muheza, near Tanga, in Tanganyika, so we had a 2 day train journey to get to and from school. My older brother, David, and I traveled together until he left at the end of 1950. Two guys we met the first time were St Marys boys, Kit Walton and Mike Williams, and we often traveled together. Otherwise mainly Greek boys from sisal estates.

In Senior school, David’s and my particular friends were Leo Virts, Harry Randall and Andrew Brannstrom and we would hitch hike out to Lake Naivasha to collect birds eggs etc. on Sundays a couple of times each term. There was obviously danger from the growing Mau Mau movement, but we were largely oblivious to it all and trekked out in the local valleys quite freely. We must have been very lucky to have kept out of harms way, and we gave the school staff some anxious moments!

I started work in a Building/Civil Engineering company in Nairobi - Vigar, Scott & Anley, in January 1952, living at the Salvation Army Hostel just over Sclaters Road from the Prince of Wales School, and later moved to the new YMCA on Hospital Hill. When the emergency was declared I signed up for KPR and did various duties around Nairobi. I was called up for the Kenya Regiment – 1st course at Lanet, July 1954 and did active service with KEN REG; 4th Uganda KAR at Mweiga, then back to KEN REG on Kinangop, then as F.I.O. at Fort Hall (Kangema).

Back in civilian life, I went into Insurance in 1956 where I have stayed through various changes to retirement in 2000. I married Frances (nee Lambert) in 1964, we left Kenya in August 1966 and went to Lagos, Nigeria for almost 2 years. We then lived in England for 3 years and finally moved to New Zealand in 1972. We lived in Wellington and then transferred to Palmerston North, and in 1982 transferred to Christchurch in the South Island. We anticipate this will be our final resting place. We have 3 sons, 1 unmarried living in Christchurch, 1 married with 2 children currently travelling overseas for a year, and the 3rd married with no children, doing research work in Denmark.

We consider ourselves very fortunate in ending work and retiring in this beautiful country – even though it gets cold at times!

(Registered 30th Aug 2004)

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