I was amused by the obituary of the late Jack Barrah, who fought the Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya during the 1950’s and founded the Maasai Mara game reserve there in 1964. He seemed to have an individualistic approach to combating terrorism (of which I can only approve) that took no account of political correctness, or the sensitivities of those not involved in the fighting.
On one occasion, having captured and interrogated a terrorist near Maguga, Barrah knew that there was a Mau Mau gang holed up in the rough of Muthaiga Golf Club preparing to attack the clubhouse. Without informing his superior officers, he drove to Muthaiga police station where he collected a couple of Bren gunners before flushing the gang out of the rough. Eight insurgents were killed, including General Mwangi Toto, commander of the Mau Mau in Nairobi.
This incident took place on a Saturday afternoon — much to the disapproval of the club secretary, who complained that there had been golfers on the course at the time of the battle. Barrah, feeling somewhat underappreciated by this reaction, replied: “Don’t worry — next time I’ll shout ‘Fore!’ before firing the first shot.”