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East African Railways and Harbours 1952 to 1964

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30469L

Scope and Contents

13 photographs and 3 letters documenting Satwant Singh Suman's service with the East African Railways.


  • Creation: 1952 - 2008

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Biographical / Historical

Satwant Singh Suman was born in Masongaleni, Kenya, in 1935. His father had emigrated from India after serving in the First World War, and worked as a railway subcontractor before establishing a trucking business. After completing his education, Suman joined the East African Railways and Harbours in 1952. Initially he worked as a goods clerk, then transferred to the Mechanical Department, where he was a fireman, before becoming a locomotive driver, in which post he spent most of his career. Suman’s first posting as a locomotive driver was at Tanga, Tanganyika [Tanzania] and his final posting was at Eldoret, Kenya. He retired to Britain in 1964.


2 folder(s) : paper/photograph

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to Cambridge University Library by Satwant Singh Suman, with the assistance of David Le Breton of the Overseas Service Pensioners' Association, in Nov. 2008.


This collection level description was created by MJC.


Suman, Satwant Singh, b 1935

Includes index.
2009-09-23 12:25:54+00:00
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