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IN tribute to John Gerald Tremlett (VR, April 16, 2016, vol 178, p 400), Kyran W. S. Kane, Catherine and Karl Löhr and F. Glyn Davies write: John's colourful and multifaceted life and career spanned most of the 20th century – in times of political upheaval, the Second World War, the ‘winds of change’ in Africa and the birth pangs of the emerging nations.
His first eight years were spent in Tanganyika where his father was a provincial veterinary officer. Minded in early childhood by an ex-corporal from the German Army African Schutztruppe from the First World War, his first language was Swahili. He left Africa in 1931 for boarding school in England. When he left in 1941, he was head of school and captain of the rugby, cricket and hockey firsts.
He enlisted in the Royal Scots as an officer cadet and was sent to India and transferred to the East African Army Service Corps where he worked with infantry transport, first in …