British civilian worked with Colonial Service in Kenya, 1946-1963
REEL 1 Recollections of period with Colonial Service in Kenya, 1946-1963: attitude towards posting to Kenya; arrival in Kenya; civil service training; situation in Fort Hall District; attitude of Kikuyu towards terracing work on land; impressions of Jomo Kenyatta; culture and society in East Africa; Fenner Brockway's attempt at socialisation with Africans.
REEL 2 Continues: memories of Jomo Kenyatta; opinion of Jomo Kenyatta; character of Kikuyu; Kikuyu political organisations; question of Kikuyu support for/opposition to Mau Mau; geographical strength of Mau Mau; first signs of Mau Mau activity; failure of authorities to act quickly; posting to Wakamba District, 1949; situation in Wakamba District.
REEL 3 Continues: move to Baringo Fistrict, 1949; arrival in Baringo Fistrict; origins of trouble in district; murder of police officers by tribesmen; successful reintroduction of law order; taking sabbatical, 1950; growth of Mau Mau in his absence; move to Limuru Division; organising groups to patrol area.
REEL 4 Continues: organising groups to patrol area; arrival of company of King's African Rifles; withdrawal of King's African Rifles company; memories of Lari Massacre, 3/1953; visit from Secretary of State for the Colonies Oliver Lyttlelton after Lari Massacre; withdrawal of police protection at girl's boarding school at Christian missionary's insistence; attitude of Christian missionaries towards Mau Mau; attitude to colonial ceremonial; development of counter-gang system; work as secretary to Kenya Intelligence Committee.
REEL 5 Continues: work as secretary to Kenya Intelligence Committee; formation of Kenya African National Union (KANU) and Kenya African National Union (KADU); assassination of Chief Hinga of Nyeri, 28/12/1952; posting to Meru District; Mau Mau operating in Meru District; Operation Schemozzle I and it's results; Operation Schemozzle II and results; elimination of Mau Mau from Meru District; system of authority among Meru tribes people.
REEL 6 Continues: his work in Meru District; end of State of Emergency, 11/1959 and approach of independence; impressions of Secretary of State for the Colonies, Reginald Maudling; attitude towards an independent Kenya.