In search of information about a
grandfather, father, lawyer, businessman, in Kenya.
The attached photo comes from the
cover of the ‘Old Africa’ magazine of October-November 2013.
To the right of the photo is a
gentleman by the name of James A.C. Burke who came to Kenya in
1920s, soon after the country became a British Colony.
He hailed from Trinidad and Tobago, of
Asian stock, whose ancestors must have been part of the
Indentured labour force from India in the 1800s. He was educated
in Britain, and came to Kenya to practice law.
He was also an entrepreneur, with his
fingers in many business pies. He did go bankrupt once,
according to the records kept by the Official Gazette of Kenya,
at the time.
He was born in 1883 and died in Kenya
in 1947, leaving two wives and a string of children.
His youngest daughter was in Mombasa
on holidays, until one month ago, when she returned to UK where
she lives with her family. But one of his grand-daughters lives
in Mombasa, with a Swedish husband.
The reason we have sent you this photo
is that in the magazine there was no article to say what the
name of the football club or team was, and who were the people
in the photo.
By mistake, the magazine pointed out
the person on the left side of the picture as James A.C. Burke
because it was an Englishman’s name and he looked English.
Perhaps you can find in your archives
the name of the football team, whose T-shirts bore an emblem of
‘fleur-de-lis’. In a recent commemoration of lawyers and judges
who had contributed their services to the Courts of Kenya, James
Burke was remembered and his grandson, now living in Nairobi,
came down to Mombasa to collect some token and a photo of his
grandfather at the Mombasa High Court.
C.B. Gor, the retired lawyer, now in
his 80s, remembers James Burke as a young man swimming across
the channel from the Mombasa Club to English Point.
The family will appreciate your
assistance in this matter.
Musa M. Ittiso, Principal Marine Surveyor &
Correspondent Protecting and Indemnity (K) Ltd., Mombasa.