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Dilip Singh (1902-1968)
(as narrated by Nirmal Singh, his son)

Dilip Singh was born in 1902 in Dadyal, Dist. Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India. He joined British Indian army and was in Egypt, Turkey, etc. He was wounded while in the army - he had two bullet marks on his thigh. After recovering in India he left for Kenya (possibly in 1920's) where he started transport business (ox-carts). Then he moved on to Uganda and finally to Tanzania. He worked as a contractor clearing jungles for plantations (mainly for sisal). He worked at Mkwaya and Ngongo (50's) plantations near Lindi. He then went to India and got married in 51/52. In about 1956 he started work at Mkoe Rushungi plantations (sisal and cashewnuts) owned by Saleh Versi. In 1965, my mother took my two sisters and a brother to India for studies as my father wanted them to have Indian education while I stayed on to finish my schooling in Lindi. He died of cancer at 1968 at Ndanda Hospital.

There are two things about him that I've heard about him from others as well as himself. He always had whisky in the boot of his car just in case he met old friends. Another one is once (possibly 1940's) he beat a white man with a ''lathi'' at Beach Hotel (Lindi) because he swore at Lodhi (I'm not sure which one) saying ''bloody'' Indians.
 

 

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