Pollock, who turns 100 in November, served for the UK’s national security police force in Kenya – while there, she suffered from Malaria twice, which she says was “probably a little worse than coronavirus”.
A former Special Branch officer has become the oldest person in the UK to recover from coronavirus, at the age of 99.
Carrie Pollock was admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital in early March, after suffering from hallucinations, a high temperature and suspected pneumonia.
“I’m really happy to be back at home now though listening to all my audiobooks. I listened to Radio 4 a lot while I was in hospital but I am happy to be out. I am doing very well. I would like to say thank you to all the doctors and nurses who helped me. They are wonderful people, they were really kind, and they talked to me about Africa a lot so I liked that. I am so grateful to the hospital staff. They were so kind and now I am doing very well,” she said.
Karen Clarke, senior sister at Queen Alexandra Hospital said it was “wonderful” to see Pollock return home as her family “had all really missed each other”.
It’s unclear precisely when Pollock served in the Special Branch in Kenya, although her age suggests she was part of the unit during the 1950s and 60s, a period in which Britain fought a brutal, secret war against the independent national Kenya Land and Freedom Army, also known as the ‘Mau Mau’. Special Branch played a pivotal role in the suppression, employing absolutely brutal interrogation methods to track down and imprison or assassinate members of the movement and supporters.
Another former member of the Kenyan Special Branch speaking years after the fact offered a gruesome description of his ill-fated attempts to persuade three Mau Mau to talk.
While enormous efforts were employed to suppress Special Branch files related to interrogation, a British settler alleges the unit’s “slow method of torture” at the Mau Mau Investigation Center was well-known by the European colonial community in Kenya.
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