This ledger contains minutes, secretary’s notes, balance sheets and president’s address and accounts of the Annual Delegates Conferences of the British Legion (Kenya), for the years 1956 to 1961.
This covers the fourth Delegates Conference up until the ninth. The purpose of these conferences was primarily to conduct a review of the British Legion (Kenya)’s dealings in the previous year, and to elect the president - and other key positions - for the ensuing year.
Notably this includes reports and statistics from the African Section, detailing activities of the British Legion (Kenya) in support of African veterans, which is claimed to be a significant financial outlay. The term Askari (meaning a local soldier serving the European colonial armies) is used throughout.
Another pivotal event unfolding during the period covered by these conferences was warfare between the Kenya Land and Freedom Army (or Mau Mau) and the British Colonial forces, from the year 1952. This is referred to alternately within the document as the Kenya Emergency or Mau Mau Rebellion, and the uprising continued in some form until Kenya gained independence in 1963. It is mentioned within the minutes that participants from the uprisings are being held in Kenyan prisons, and ‘difficult circumstances’ are alluded to numerous times.
As the ledger progresses, attention is focussed towards means of ensuring the Legion’s activities in future years, in the face of dwindling British influence in the region.
The fate of British Legion properties within Kenya are discussed, including the headquarters at Nairobi (British Legion Park).
Particularly useful are the presidents' addresses, which give a brief overview of the events of the preceding year.