Andrezy Hlawaty-Hardy was born on 14th August 1904 in Poland. He served in the Polish Kaniowski Lancers and was awarded the Polish 1918-21 War Medal.

He fought in the German-Polish Campaign in 1939 and 1940. Evacuated at Dunkirk he was granted a commission in the British Army and became a naturalized British Subject. He commanded The 82nd Reconnaissance Regiment in Burma between 1944 and 46.

He then commanded the 1st East African Independent Armoured Car Brigade in Somaliland and Ethiopia between 1947 and 1949 and the British Military Mission to Greece instructional staff between 1949 and 1951.

Service in Egypt between 1951-53 was followed by attachment to the King’s African Rifles during the Mau –Mau emergency during which he was mentioned in dispatches.

He retired from the army in 1956 and was employed by the British Colonial Administration in the East African High Commission from 1956 to 1961.

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