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VE Day
« on: Friday 08 May 20 07:43 BST (UK) »
Going through some of my dad's photos I came across a number taken on VE Day in Nairobi. He was quite particular in most cases ofmaking comments on the reverse of his piccies. This one just says VE Day and was with some others in his album marked as Nairobi.
Can anyone identify the precise location of this shot?
Dad was with Air Ministry on runway maintenance and construction 1944-47 all over East Africa and he was posted back again to RAF Eastleigh in Nairobi in 1951 and the family went with him. My recollection of Nairobi at that time does not readily identify this location.
My other bit of "history" from this day was to have a scan of part of the Service sheet, I think this took place in the cathedral; the main point was that it was bi-lingual , English and Swahili. Like many such bits of nostalgia I have filed it somewhere safe, but can't remember where the safe is! No doubt it will appear when it thinks it is time to do so!
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Re: VE Day
« Reply #1 on: Friday 08 May 20 08:14 BST (UK) »
Image No 5:
https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/11-photos-of-vj-day-celebrations

But precise location not mentioned.

https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=2005-07-723-9

You would assume it was a major thoroughfare in Nairobi.

I donít know if this is in the vicinity of your photo:
https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:0r96gf67r

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Re: VE Day
« Reply #2 on: Friday 08 May 20 08:23 BST (UK) »
Thanks Ruskie. The notes attached to the "official" photo you mention does indicate Delamere Avenue which, as you imply, was one of the main streets in the town.
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Re: VE Day
« Reply #3 on: Friday 08 May 20 08:28 BST (UK) »
Yes, I think Delamere Avenue:
https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/691513717756153933/

Quite a few other images on the internet. Apparently it is now Kenyatta Avenue, so you might like to take a virtual walk down there to see if any of the buildings are still standing.  :)

Added: I had a quick scoot down part of Kenyatta Ave but the majority of the buildings I could see are new.  :( A more thorough look might reveal some older buildings.


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Re: VE Day
« Reply #4 on: Friday 08 May 20 11:35 BST (UK) »
I noticed that the building in the centre of radstockjeff's photo has had a clock turret added for the VJ Day photo here:

Image No 5:
https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/11-photos-of-vj-day-celebrations

Another thing I spotted on the IWM photo was a cenotaph. I've found some more recent photos of it here:

https://twitter.com/guerrillastsavo/status/1061483046984138752

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/559079741218912054/?d=t&mt=login

Maybe they, or local knowledge, might help to pin the location down (assuming it's still in the same place).
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Re: VE Day
« Reply #5 on: Friday 08 May 20 14:58 BST (UK) »
I noticed the cenotaph as well. Obviously we need to look for an intersection of Kenyatta Ave and another road. The area looks much changed but if we can find out where that cenotaph is or was, that will be the key. \

The Cenotaph is opposite the Askari Memorial ....

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Re: VE Day
« Reply #6 on: Friday 08 May 20 15:25 BST (UK) »
I've been wandering around on Streetview and located the building with the columns and the cenotaph on Arthur's Twitter photo link.

http://www.rootschat.com/links/01pfe/
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Re: VE Day
« Reply #7 on: Friday 08 May 20 15:26 BST (UK) »
I found the memorial:

http://www.rootschat.com/links/01pfd/

The building with clock tower is no longer there, but a building with similar brickwork* still stands on the other side of the road. Currently it is the "Standard Chartered" building and it has the Askari memorial outside it.

Corner of Wabera Street and Kenyatta is where your photo was taken radstockjeff.  :)

Added: you beat me by a whisker Jool.  :)

* looking again, it is a much more modest building and the brickwork is not really similar.  ;)

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Re: VE Day
« Reply #8 on: Friday 08 May 20 15:35 BST (UK) »
Added: you beat me by a whisker Jool.  :)

Ruskie, it's a wonder we didn't bump into each other dodging traffic on that busy street  ;D
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