Maj Archibald John  Arthur Wavell

Maj Archibald John Arthur Wavell

Death 24 Dec 1953 (aged 37)
Burial Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Plot Block 12, grave 10
Memorial ID 42685083 · View Source
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(67159) Major Archibald John Arthur Wavell, 2nd Earl Wavell, MC, was the second and last Earl Wavell and Viscount Keren

He was in the Black Watch in World War II when he lost his left hand whilst fighting the Japanese in Burma in the Arakan where he fought with the Chindits.He was Evacuated to India, were he worked on his father's staff. He was awarded the Military Cross whilst with the Chindits.
It was reported in the Time magazine dated Monday 4 January 1954 reported, "The Last of The Wavells". The unmarried and childless, Major A.J.A. Wavell, was serving with the Black Watch and engaged in fighting the Mau Mau north of Nairobi. Around 60 of the Mau Mau were cornered in a wood near Thika. The Scots set fire to the wood and raked the area with heavy machine gunfire from their armoured cars.
The Mau Mau returned fire, in their very first volley the patrol leader, Major Wavell, was hit with a round fired from a home made rifle which killed him, he was 37. He died on Christmas Eve, 1953.
Major Wavell's body is buried in the City Park Cemetery, Nairobi, Block 12, grave 10, his headstone is inscribed with the epitaph, 'He found the poetry of Man's endeavor'.

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