December 2012 News

Death: Ian Frederick Bulford 7353
Dick Glanville reports, with regret, the death of Ian Bulford on 16 December 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ian joined the BSA Police as a Cadet in late 1964 and then attested as a Patrol Officer in June 1965. He served in the Midlands and Matabeleland, but mostly in Manicaland, completing 15 years service before leaving on pension with the Rank of Inspector. He was a member of the Dog Section, based in Umtali at the time of his departure. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
16 December 2012

Achievements: December Birthday Parade
A few former members will celebrate 'landmark' birthdays this month, including:

  • 60th Birthday for 9648 John Van Stan (31 December);
  • 65th Birthday for 7504 Brian Hayes (27 December); 7505 Phil Jaques (28 December);
  • 70th Birthday for 6952 Barry Dawson (4 December); 7348 Peter O'Hara (4 December); 6253 Iain Laing (12 December); 8746 Rick Summers (12 December); C151 Iain Laing (12 December);
  • 70th Birthday for 6269 Chunky Watson (16 December);
  • 75th Birthday for 5846 Vaughan Smith (5 December);
  • 80th Birthday for 4853 Fred Punter (16 December);
  • 85th Birthday for 4313 Anthony Cox (31 December);

If you know them, drop them a message... its a good time to refresh your connection
1 December 2012

November 2012 News

Marmon Herrington Armoured Cars - Rhodesia by Wayne Kennerley
There is a short piece offered by Wayne Kennerley on the Marmon Herrinton Armoured Cars used by the BSA Police during the mid 1950s
24 November 2012

Death: Patrick George Wheatley 7986/10571
Bob Morgan reports, with regret, the death of Patrick Wheatley on 17 November 2012 in Tedburn, United Kingdom. Patrick first joined the BSA Police in May 1968 and served for 9 years, leaving at his own request with the Rank of Inspector (T). He rejoined the force in June 1978 and continued to serve into the Zimbabwe Republic Police, eventually leaving with the rank of Chief Inspector in July 1983. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
24 November 2012

Queensland Newsletter November 2012
Mike Edden has sent in the Queensland Newsletter for your reading pleasure.
24 November 2012

Get into Social Networking
Associated with this web page are a couple of groups intended to allow former members of the force to network with each other in social networking. We would like to see more former members embracing cyberspace and enjoying the comeraderie which exists in these group. This doesnt take much effort beyond the web browsing which got you here.

  • Firstly, we have a number of groups running on Yahoo Groups, the principal one being BSAPWorldwide. This is effectively an e-mail list and members of the group will receive all the messages sent to the group. BSAPWorldwide is used for all purposes, including the distribution of news, debating current affairs and sport, and not to mention reminiscing about 'the good old days'... This group has run successfully for over 12 years...
  • More recently the BSA Police ventured into Facebook, that all dreaded networking site, which once you are there is just not too bad. The groups set up in Facebook were never intended for serious debate, yet this is where it all happens. Former members and their direct families are allowed access and this is where you are going to have your memories stimilated by stories, photographs and general banter between former members. To date, there are nearly 1,200 former members (and direct family) on Facebook; a tribute to today's modern minded police pensioner!

Come and join your former colleagues and enjoy the fun. Some say its risky and dangerous... well not really, no more risky that getting in a car and travelling somewhere!
11 November 2012

United Kingdom Outpost No 82 - Winter 2012
We are pleased to advise that Parry Jones has sent in his Winter 2012 edition of the United Kingdom Outpost (No 82) for your reading pleasure. This is another information packed edition and well worth the read.
10 November 2012

Remembrance Day Parades: United Kingdom
Alan Toms has sent in the following doccuments for your perusal, if you wish to attend the forthcoming parades:

Please consider passing this onto fellow former members and those formerly of other forces.
3 November 2012

Death: Gerald Harry 'Gerry' Powell 4587
Des Howse reports, with regret, the death of Gerry Powell on 29 October 2012 in Port Shepstone, South Africa. Gerry joined the BSA Police in March 1950. He served in the Town Branch on urban stations and commands in Salisbury, Bulawayo and Fort Victoria. He was promoted to Inspector in November 1961 and commissioned in the mid-1970s. Gerry retired with the rank of Chief Superintendent in May 1980, after 30 years service. He had been a keen cricketer, played force football as well as being involved in football administration during his service. Gerry emigrate to South Africa and settled in KwaZuluNatal where he was involved in the security industry. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Colleen, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 November 2012

Death: Peter Dale Penning 5406
Tim Penning reports, with great sadness, the death of his father, Peter Penning, on 27 October 2012 in Okehampton, United Kingdom. Peter joined the BSA Police in November 1955. He served in the District Branch, mostly in Victoria Province and later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, serving in Bulawayo and Gwelo. Peter was one of the early members of XB, predecessor to Special Branch. He left the force at his own request with the rank of Detective Sergeant in November 1961. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 November 2012

Death: Malcolm Ernest Smith 7014
Peter Bellingham reports, with regret, the death of Malcolm Smith on 23 October 2012 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Malcolm joined the BSA Police in October 1963. He served in Manicaland and Midlands Provinces mostly in the Town Branch. Malcolm retired with the rank of Superintendent in January 1981 and settled in Mutare. He was involved in the forestry industry. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 November 2012

Death: Alexander Charles Frank 'Sandy' Jessop 4937
Alastair Black reports, with regret, the death of Sandy Jessop on 18 October 2012 in Worchester, United Kingdom. Sandy joined the BSA Police in June 1952. He was a member of the Staff Branch. He was promoted to Inspector in November 1961. Sandy retired with the rank of Superintendent in September 1976. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 November 2012

Achievements: November Birthday Parade
A few former members will celebrate 'landmark' birthdays this month, including:

  • 65th Birthday for 7639 Jock Knoetze (2 November); 8574 Stephen Glover (3 November); 7773 Simon Johnstone (4 November); 23562 Marshall Grieve (10 November); 8199 Bugs Moran (11 November); 8105 Pete Cutting (19 November); 7524 Peter Diviani (26 November);
  • 70th Birthday for 6427 Peter Hind (2 November); 6707 George Cotton (21 November);
  • 75th Birthday for 5405 Brian Thomas (1 November); 5576 Gerald Phillips (19 November); 5668 David Stannard (28 November);
  • 80th Birthday for 21008J John Gurney (10 November); for 5131 John Cotton (14 November); for 5355 Jock Gibson (17 November);
  • 85th Birthday for 4333 Peter Shout (10 November);

If you know them, drop them a message... its a good time to refresh your connection 1 November 2012

October 2012 News

Death: Douglas William 'Doug' Wright 4071
Alistair Black reports, with regret, the death of Douglas Wright on 10 September 2012 in Tasmania, Australia. Doug joined the BSA Police in June 1946 after having served as a navigator in the Bomber Command of the RAF during World War II. He had been an accountant before his profession was interrupted by the war. During his earlier career Douglas served in the District Branch in the Mashonaland and Manicaland provinces. He was a member of the Royal Escort in 1947. Doug was commissioned in October 1960 and promoted to Senior Assistant Commissioner in June 1970. He served in District commands in Matabeleland and he did a stint also as Assistant Commandant Depot. Douglas was Officer Commanding Midlands Province before retiring in November 1975. During his distinguished service Doug was the recipient of the CPM and PCD. He returned to the United Kingdom to live in Somerset, but later emigrated to Australia and settled in Hobart, Tasmania. Douglas celebrated his 90th birthday in June 2012. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Ursula, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
20 October 2012

Queensland Newsletter: October 2012
Mike Edden has sent in another Queensland Newsletter (please click on the link) for your reading pleasure. This carries news of the Annual Luncheon held 14 October 2012 and Rick VanMalsen's story about his post war search for a SAAF Puma downed near Mapai during the war. The photograph below shows those who attended the lunch.

20 October 2012

United Kingdom Branch Regimental Dinner 2012

The Annual Regimental Dinner of the UK Branch of the Association took place at the Victory Services Club, London on Friday 28 September 2012. Members and their guests were gathering in the bar well before 17:00 with the greetings of old comrades. 4955 Bob Morriston called in to meet up with old friends but was unable to stay. The dinner bugle call sounded at 19:15.
The Carisbrooke Hall had been decorated with BSAP and Rhodesian flags and the BSAP banner displayed. HM the Queen’s response to the Branch’s greetings on her Diamond Jubilee was also on display alongside the President’s plaque, a model of a mounted BSAP Officer and Dave Blacker’s remembrance poem. A total of 74 members and guests found their places at tables which had been tastefully dressed in blue and gold and bearing the names of well-known Rhodesian raptors. The film of the Last Parade was shown during dinner.
Read more here...
7 October 2012

Death: Michael Henry Ayreton-White 5754
Des Howse advises, with regret, the death of Mike Ayreton-White on 5 October 2012 in Durban, South Africa. Mike joined the BSA Police in September 1957 and served mostly in the districts in the Midlands, Manicaland and Victoria Provinces, where he ended his service as Officer in Charge Chiredzi. He was the recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Mike retired in August 1980 with the rank of Chief Inspector. He went farming in the Lowveld, but continuous harassment by government agencies forced him to emigrate to South Africa. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Ethne, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
6 October 2012

Death: John Stewart Woodcock 5129
Dick Glanville advises, with regret, the death of John Woodcock on 29 September 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. John joined the BSA Police in September 1953, ex Royal Air Force, and served in the Radio Branch. During his police career he help the development of the police communications networks, including the communications and security networks for the Queen Mother's visit to open Kariba Dam. He served until August 1964, leaving on retirement on gratuity, with the Rank of Chief Inspector (T). John attested into the Signals Corps of the Rhodesian Army, in which he was later commissioned, eventually retiring with the rank of Major. In civilian life, John joined Grinacker Electronics and emigrated to South Africa, with the same firm, in 1980. He also worked with the SABC as a development officer, before retiring. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Nina, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
6 October 2012

Death: Stanley Oldham 'Stan' Forrest 4005
Fred Punter advises, with regret, the death of Stan Forrest on 28 September 2012 in Solihull, United Kingdom. He was 86 years of age. Stan joined the BSA Police in April 1946 and served the first six years of his service in Salisbury, before transferring to Matabeleland, where he was stationed at Bulawayo Traffic and then the License Inspectorate. Stan was promoted to Inspector in November 1959 and served successively as Member in Charge at several Bulawayo suburban stations. He was commissioned in November 1963 and ended up as Officer Commanding Bulawayo Camps, before retiring on pension in May 1966. Stan retired with the rank of Superintendent. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Ginny, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
1 October 2012

Achievements: October Birthday Parade
A few former members will celebrate 'landmark' birthdays this month, including:

  • 60th Birthday for 9019 Alistair Kennedy (8 October); and 8664 Chris Louw (21 October);
  • 65th Birthday for 7473 Dave Hillman (22 October); and 7475 Paul Hodges (28 October);
  • 70th Birthday for 6434 Alfred Taylor (16 October);
  • 75th Birthday for 5411 Rusty Bye (7 October); 5406 Peter Penning (19 October); 5860 Doug Grierson (20 October); and 5450 Dick Howlett (27 October);
  • 80th Birthday for 5001 Jamie Whitelaw (5 October); and 4760 Dermod Gloster (23 October)

If you know them, drop them a message... its a good time to refresh your connection
1 October 2012

September 2012 News

Celebrating Neal Arden 3004
Last week we celebrated Bill Schollum and the question was asked is he the Senior Troop in the Regiment. United Kingdom Branch Chairman, Peter Phillips, points out that in in fact Neal Arden 3004 is the oldest known surviving member of the force. His mini-biography was carried in the Spring Edition of the 2010 Outpost - No 74:
"Neal was actually born Arthur Neal Aiston on 27 December 1909 in Fulham, West London and it was in this name that he attested in the Force. Initially on leaving School at 16, Neal went into spectacle making but, at the age of 18 had tea with a lady whose son had recently been accepted as a member of the “Rhodesian Mounted Police” (sic). He decided this was for him and attested in the BSAP on 30 March 1928. Neal was a district man seemingly spending most of his 2 years service on patrols in Umtali District, as it was then, seeing service at Penhalonga, Umtali, Melsetter and Headlands. He left as a Trooper on 2 April 1930. On returning to UK he was accepted to study drama at RADA and changed his name to Neal Arden for professional purposes. This led to a long and varied career in theatre, film, radio and television. He has appeared with many of the greats of their day from Richard Tauber, Leslie Henson Trevor Howard and Dulcie Gray to Roger Moore, Harry Secombe, Prunella Scales, Donald Sinden and Doris Day. He played roles in many of the great classic TV series such as Maigret, Ivanhoe, Z Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, The Persuaders and I Claudius. Arguably he is best known for being a founder presenter of BBC radio’s “Housewives Choice”, which he continued to host for 20 years. During that time he also had his own radio programme on Sunday Nights, namely “Quiet Rhythm” which ran in series for the same length of time. As a man of many parts he has also written plays performed by stars such as Arnold Ridley and Robert Morley and composed over 40 songs recorded by various artists including Petula Clark, Cleo Laine, Russ Conway and Paul Hazel. Neal has worked tirelessly for charity during his career and has now ‘retired’ to East Anglia. He is without doubt one of the fittest men of his age in Britain being fully involved in village life and still enjoying a round of Golf. Neal has been an Honorary Life Member of the UK Branch for many years. Peter Phillips has promised to supply a few photographs...
29 September2012

Natal Outpost: September 2012
Trevor Wilson has been working hard to produce yet another outstanding Natal Outpost Magazine, the 91st Edition - following the sad loss of Editor, Trevor Dutton. A replacement Editor is going to have an hard act to follow, with the late Trevor Dutton's passion for this publication. By all accounts Trevor Wilson has lived up to expectations here, but he is not the Editor. The branch is looking for an Editor to continue the excellent work. Remember you may click on the image at right to download this edition. Also, please don't forget to pop into the Natal Branch pages, to read earlier editions. would welcome feedback!
29 September 2012

New Zealand Outpost 2012
Steven McIntosh-Dona, Editor of the New Zealand Outpost, has just sent in the New Zealand Outpost 2012 Edition. We extend our thanks and appreciation to the Branch for allowing its publication here.
29 September 2012

Headdress at Parade Functions
Peter Bellingham, Hon Secretary of the Central Advisory Committee, recently discussed headwear at Remembrance Day and other parades in a recent circular. He suggests in response to a query,
"During BSAP Times, the Dress Order at Remembrance Day Parades was that members attending in uniform wore the appropriate uniform hat. Members attending in civilian clothes, which included blazers displaying the BSAP Blazer Badge, generally wore no form of headwear. CID members, if they wore a hat, generally wore a Trilby or similar hat. We are aware that today, some military units wear their military uniform berets displaying their regimental badges. They certainly do this at the Remembrance Day Parades here in Zimbabwe. The BSAP had no similar suitable type of headwear. The ubiquitous Blue Floppy Hat is not suitable for such occasions. If individual branches wish to devise some suitable form of headwear for Remembrance Day Parades or other special occasions, they may certainly do so."
If you have any comments or suggestions, Peter Might like to hear from your.
29 September 2012


A BSA Police Calendar for 2013
Armand Forster 8775 has produced a BSAP Calendar 2013 which he is offering for sale to former members. This is an excellent publication with some rather wonderful cartoons of life within the BSA Police. Size A4 with spiral binding. The calendars can be purchased from Armand's web site www.armcher.com Prices for the calendar are £6.50 plus postage in the United Kingdom; £8.51 (Europe); and £10.36 (Rest of World) - the difference in price being the additional cost of sending the calendars overseas as our site levies a fixed standard UK postage rate. The United Kingdom Branch is assisting with the sales and Assistant Secretary, will receive your orders too. If any Branch Secretaries want to make bulk purchase to sell on to their members, to raise money, please contact Armand through his website. Hurry to get yours before the end of the year... only about 90 days before Christmas (it will make and excellent present).
22 September 2012


Celebrating Bill Schollum 3693
Peter Burridge, Chairman of the New Zealand Branch, wrote the the Web Administrator advising of a recent meeting with Charles A 'Bill' Schollum, who is now 98 years of age (born January 1914, NZ - who attested 3 February 1938, who is still going strong, but now no longer shooting due to shoulder problem. Peter had afternoon tea and a chat with him. Bill remain our official "Historian" and is on the New Zealand Committee. Peter asks if he is the oldest surviving member anywhere in the world? Last year the Branch gave him a special certificate "Senior Member" of the NZ Branch, which he loved. Perhaps he is senior member of the regiment per se. This is his mini biography:
C.A. 'Bill' Schollum 3693: Born in New Zealand on 6th January 1914, Bill joined the BSA Police as a Trooper, on 3rd February 1938 and retired on 28th February 1963, (at the rank of Superintendent) when he and his family returned to Auckland, New Zealand. He served in both Uniform Branch and the CID, became a crime scene and fingerprint expert, based at CID Headquarters and was involved in numerous interesting cases throughout his career. His great eye sight assisted him to become a crack shot. Throughout his service he continued to shoot, until recent times when he stopped due to a shoulder problem. Bill was the founder Chairman of the New Zealand Branch of the BSAP Regimental Association, retiring from that position some four years ago. He remains on the Branch Committee as “Historian”. Bill is a widower, maintaining a very independent life style & still residing in the family home in St. Heliers, Auckland, NZ.
22 September 2012

Irish Gathering 2012
The 11th Annual Irish Gathering took place at the usual venue near Clonmel, County Tipperary. Many thanks to Sandy Stokes for again opening his house, gardens and facilities for the function. For a full report please go to John Berry's Report.
22 September 2012

Death: Neale Robert 'Nick'Fletcher 6746/8520
Alan Bennett advises, with regret, the death of Nick Fletcher on 19 August 2012 in Howick, South Africa. Nick joined the BSA Police September 1962 and served for five years before leaving at his own request. He rejoined the force in September 1970 and served a further four years, departing with the rank of Patrol Officer. Nick had served in the Victoria Province. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
9 September 2012

Achievements: September Birthday Parade
A few former members will celebrate 'landmark' birthdays this month, including:

  • 80th Birthday for 4606 Percy Hadfield (3 September); and 5757 Ian Milton (17 September);
  • 75th Birthday for 5831 Dennis Wadsworth (14 September); and 5495 Traves Nettelton (27 September);
  • 70th Birthday for 6308 Christopher Hughes (2 September); 7091 Michael Wright (9 September); 6293 Michael Main (9 September); 6789 Matthew Harwood (16 September); and 6345 David Holmes (26 September);
  • 65th Birthday for 7404 Frank Flowers (2 September); 9361 Andy Young (10 September); 7914 Tony Hickman (13 September); 7437 John Woodward (17 September); 23617 Eugene Turina (26 September);
  • 60th Birthday for 8507 Mike Crabtree (15 September); and
  • Special days for two ladies whose age I shall not tell WP258 Heather Fraser (4 September); and WP190 Glynis Dibden (27 September);

If you know them, drop them a message... its a good time to refresh your connection
8 August 2012

August 2012 News

Death: Edmundson 'Eddie' Matchett 4789
Tom Meekin advises, with regret, the death of Eddie Matchett on 26 August 2012 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Eddie joined the BSA Police in October 1951 and first served with the Mounted Troop in the Salisbury District before joining the Farriers in 1956. He was to be involved with police horses and equitation instruction for the rest of his police career. Eddie represented the police in competitive show jumping and was also a polo player. He retired from the successor force, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, in May 1983 with the rank of Chief Inspector. Eddie was the recipient of the PMM (June 1979) and PLSM and was a member of the United Kingdom Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Joan, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 August 2012

Transvaal Outpost - August 2012 - Edition 30.2
Craig Viljoen, editor of the Transvaal Outpost has offered his latest edition of the magazine for your reading pleasure. Another excellent publication from Transvaal... thanks
27 August 2012

Death: Dermot Henry 'Paddy' Allen 4072
Des Howse advises, with regret, the death of Paddy Allen on 25 August 2012 in Durban, South Africa. Paddy joined the BSA Police June 1946 and appears to have spent much of his service in the Salisbury District. He was promoted to Chief Inspector in 1964 and received the Colonial Police Long Service medal in that year. Paddy received his commission in January 1967 and continued serving in the Salisbury Central District before taking command of Salisbury South District in 1972. He retired in July 1978, with the rank of Assistant Commissioner. Recently he emigrated and settled in Natal and was a member of the Natal Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Helen, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 August 2011

Death: Robert Kenneth 'Bob' Papenfus 5095/5897
Dick Glanville advises, with regret, the death of Bob Papenfus on 21 August 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bob first joined the BSA Police in August 1953 and originally served just three years. Two years later, in October 1958, Bob rejoined the force and served mostly in the Criminal Investigation Department for the rest of his career. He was a scenes of crime specialist and fingerprint expert. Bob retired from the successor Zimbabwe Republic Police with the rank of Detective Chief Inspector in June 1981. He was the recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1978. Bob was a keen pistol and Bisley shottist and represented the force and province in shooting championships and shot for his country in Bisley in 1980. After leaving the ZRP, Bob emigrated and took up an appointment with the South African Police Service. He continued his work in fingerprints and scenes of crime analysis and was eventually promoted to the rank of Colonel before retiring from that force. Bob had been based at John Vorster Square and was held in high esteem by his colleagues. He was a member of the both the Transvaal and Western Cape Branches of the Regimental Association and was living in Klienmont before his death. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
25 August 2012

Death: John Radford 6078/7222
Bob Franklin advises, with regret, the tragic death of John Radford on or about 19 August 2012 near Kirkwood, South Africa. John first joined the BSA Police in October 1959 and served just over four years, originally as a remount rider who participated in the Queen Mother's Escort, before being stationed in Beitbridge and then Bulawayo. He left the force in October 1963, but rejoined in January 1965 serving in Information Room Salisbury and then Salisbury Province Dog Section. John left the force in January 1968 with the rank of Patrol Officer. He was once a member of the Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association and was living in Kirkwood at the time of his death. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
22 August 2012

Pensions Update
reports the following information on pensions:
As the Branch Secretaries of the South African Branches will know, pensions are being paid in South Africa but only to pensioners who have bank accounts with Standard Bank. We conducted an exercise recently where four South African pensioners opened new accounts with Standard Bank. Details of their new accounts together with a Certificate of Life were forwarded to the Pensions Office, and all four received pension payments at the end of July.
I have discussed this issue with my contact at the Pensions Office, and he recommends that ALL South African pensioners who do not bank with Standard Bank and who are not receiving their pensions, open accounts with Standard Bank.
The Pensions Office will require a correctly completed Certificate of Life duly certified by a competent person whose details appear on the form, and a correctly completed Bank Details form giving details of the pensioner's new Standard Bank account.
The Bank Details form must be signed and stamped by the pensioner's local branch signifying that the details contained thereon are correct. The forms must then be sent by registered mail to: -
The Pensions Master
PSC Pensions Agency
P O Box CY.397
Causeway,
ZIMBABWE.

For UK Pensioners, my contact advised that it was hoped to commence the payment of UK Pensions either at the end of this year or early next year. Payment will be made through Standard Chartered Bank, with whom the Zimbabwe Government has an account. Learning from pension payments in South Africa, my contact recommends that UK pensioners open accounts with Standard Chartered Bank.
For UK Pensioners who decide to open account with Standard Chartered Bank, then they must complete and have certified the Certificate of Life and the Bank Details Form as set out above. Regrettably, for pensioners in other countries, there is no indication as to when pension payments in these countries will commence.
12 August 2012

Death: Graham Allen 'Spats' Jansen 6780
Neville Spurr reports with regret the death of Graham Jansen on 4 August 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Graham joined the BSA Police in November 1962 and served until November 1981, retiring on pension with the rank of Inspector. He served mostly in Uniform Branch in Salisbury Province and Depot and represent both the Police and national teams in service and combat pistol shooting at one time. Graham emigrated to South Africa, settling in Cape Town, where at one stage he ran a small business in Fishhoek. He was an active member of the Western Cape Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Pauline, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
5 August 2012

Queensland Newsletter: July 2012
Mike Edden has sent in his Queensland Newsletter for your reading pleasure. We thank Mike for his continued support of this media.
5 August 2012

Social Media
There has been quite a lot of discussion in both social media circles and the various forums of the Regimental Association about the use of social media. Those using social media seem to think that the internet provides a platform which could enhance the objectives of the traditional association branches, thus maintaining a strong esprit de corps and a ground ripe for recruitment into the physical branches of younger former members.
There do appear to be some rather negative views about social media being expressed, strangely, by some who have never fully ventured into this area of cyberspace. One either likes it or dislikes it, and most would respect their views.
This web site, the Yahoo Groups listings (e-mail based groups), and at least two social media platforms (Linked In and Facebook) have attempted to fill a communications gap. They provide for the needs of former members to enjoy the esprit de corp... the traditional association branches only need to embrace a concept and use it to their best advantage.
A couple of Facebook pages have sprung up, and a couple of interesting groups too. If you are a member of Facebook, and have not visited... here are the links:

You would be pleasantly surprised by the number of people subscribed to these groups and you will find a few former close colleagues there too. Come and join us. For more on discussion groups, go to the Contact page
5 August 2012

Aussie Outpost: Winter Edition 2012: Volume 14 Issue 1
We were pleased to receive the Aussie Outpost Winter Edition 2012 from Kerry Hoadley for your reading pleasure. This is yet another interesting and in some places thought provoking edition from Australia. Our special thanks to Kerry and the Australian Committee, who continue to support the efforts of this web site. This is well worth a read. You may click on the image to the right to download (1.15Mb).
5 August 2012

Achievements: August Birthday Parade
A few former members will celebrate 'landmark' birthdays this month, including:

  • 75th by 6768 Geoffrey Groves (14 August); 5766 George Fairlie (16 August); 5883 Murray Gouldstone (21 August);
  • 70th by 6766 Dudley Leslie-Pringle (1 August); 7157 Reg Graham (12 August); 7014 Malcolm Smith (19 August); 7333 Darell Wigley (26 August);
  • 65th by 20585 Keith Adams (28 August);
  • 60th by 8608 Stewart Michael (2 August); 8558 Peter Harris (13 August);

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1 August 2012

July 2012 News

Death: Trevor Dutton 5293
Trevor Wilson reports, with regret, the death of Trevor Dutton on 23 July 2012 in Gillets, South Africa. Trevor was born in Stafford, England, in 1936. Following school, Trevor served two years as a Cadet with the Staffordshire County Constabulary then, aged 18, had to choose between joining the Grenadier Guards or the BSA Police. He joined the BSA Police in September 1954. His first station, after Depot, was Gwelo Town Police. Trevor then moved to Gwelo Rural; Shabani before joining the Criminal Investigation Department in Bulawayo. He later transferred to Salisbury CID Headquarters. He was promoted to Detective Inspector in February 1965 and ended up as Member-in-Charge Bindura Station from where he retired on gratuity in May 1967. Trevor was a railway enthusiast, who had a life long ambition to drive a train, and eventually did so under strict supervision. Trevor had been an active member of the Transvaal Branch of the regimental Association and later took up office with the Natal Branch and became the Editor of the Natal Outpost, a function he performed with excellence. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Beryl, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
23 July 2012

Death: Albert Brendon "Bert" Freemantle 4105
Fred Punter reports, with regret, the death of Bert Freemantle on 17 July 2012 in Perth, Australia. Bert joined the BSA Police in June 1946. He was born in Dublin and came from a military family. Bert first worked for a newspaper company, after leaving school, but shortly before World War II he had, apparently, falsified his age to join the Territorial Army. The outbreak of war saw him called up early, with the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry, and serving in the Middle East. He transferred to the Parachute Regiment in early 1943 and served in North Africa and Italy. At the Battle of Arnhem (September 1944) he was captured, taken prisoner and held until June 1945, when he rejoined his regiment. He served a further year with the Parachute Regiment before demobilising and shortly thereafter joining the BSA Police. His career in the force started in Bulawayo and was followed by a tour in Gatooma District. He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent in December 1963, at which time he took over command of the new Support Unit which had just been upgraded from an Askari Platoon to a three troop establishment of men. It was he who modelled this often unsung unit into a credible fighting force, and it was sometimes jested that he never took it "Airborne". Following a lengthy tour at Tomlinson Depot, Bert served on a few district commands. He was promoted to Senior Assistant Commissioner in July 1976 and took command of the Victoria Province at that time. Bert was the recipient of the PMM and PLSM. He retired from the force in December 1977 and later emigrated to Perth, Australia. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Sylvia, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
17 July 2012

Death: Graeme Stuart "Steve" Stevens 4767/5717
Alan Bennett reports, with regret, the death of Steve Stevens on 7 July 2012 in Howick, South Africa. Steve joined the BSA Police in July 1951, the first of two periods of service. After his first departure Steve did National Service with the Royal Airforce, before returning to Rhodesia and rejoining the BSA Police in May 1957. He continue his service until November 1977, leaving on retirement with the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. As a uniformed officer Steve was stationed at Wedza and Inyanzura and then joined the Criminal Investigation Department. He was at one stage the Forensic Science Liaison Officer at CID Headquarters and also served in the Homicide Section, Salisbury. He later took a transfer to Bulawayo. During his free time Steve was a keen yachtsman and served for a few years as Secretary of the Police Yacht Club. He was also a keen chess player. After leaving the force, Steve emigrated to South Africa. He was Chairman of the Natal Branch of the Regimental Association at one stage and later became and was incumbent Chairman of the Natal Midlands Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Marion, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
10 July 2012

Death: Colin Barry John 6994
Mike Edden reports, with regret, the death of Colin John on 8 July 2012 in Nambour, Queensland Australia. Colin joined the BSA Police in December 1962 (first as a Cadet - attesting into the regular ranks in July 1963) and served on into the renamed Zimbabwe Republic Police, after Independence, until August 1984. Colin's career evolved in the districts where he was mostly stationed, taking him to all of Rhodesia's provinces during his service. He was involved in police recruiting at Tomlinson Depot and also had a role in Q-Rep at PGHQ towards the end of his police career. He retired with the rank of Inspector. Colin emigrated to Australia in 1984 and set up his own concern in the real estate business. He was a member of the Queensland Branch of the Regimental Association. Sadly, his wife, Sybil, passed away in 2001. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
8 July 2012

United Kingdom Branch Dinner 2012
Readers are reminded that the United Kingdom Branch is holding its Annual Dinner on 28 September 2012 - details of which and applications for may be found by clicking on the Annual Dinner link. Details also on the United Kingdom Branch page.
7 July 2012

United Kingdom Outpost
Parry Jones has released his latest United Kingdom Outpost: Issue 81 - Summer 2012 for your reading pleasure. Parry has just taken over as editor of the UK Outpost and has made a few changes to the layout and design of the magazine. I am sure he would appreciate feedback on the and may be contacted on his . Please drop him a line. This edition is fully of news... go take a peep! Do not forget to pop into the United Kingdom Branch page for older editions of the newsletter.
1 July 2012

June 2012 News

Death: Kenneth Gordon Stanford-Smith 4549
Rod Wilson reports, with regret, the death of Ken Stanford Smith on 20 June 2012 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Ken was born in the port city of Chittagong, Bengal (now part of Bangladesh). He joined the BSA Police in January 1950 and served until September 1977. During his early service Ken served mostly in Mashonaland districts, but also did a short spell at Victoria Falls. He was later seconded to the Staff Branch, and he was the man who helped keep police ordnance stores stocked and the force supplied for many years. He retired with the rank of Staff Inspector. Ken had a special place in his heart for the mentally challenged and helped those organisations concerned with their welfare in his spare time in addition to his interests in the Scouting movement. He was also prominent in Regimental Association circles, having been the Hon. Secretary of the Central Branch of the association for many years. Ken and his wife, Dot, were the authors of the BSA Police nominal roll, a project thoroughly researched and collated over a few years and which was eventually published in "Blue and Old Gold", the history of the BSA Police. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Dot, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
23 June 2012


The South African Police Force:
The South African Police Force web site is a recent innovation by former members to set out aspects of the force's history, rolls, badges and insignia. There is often confusion between the British South Africa Police and the South African Police by those seeking to find relatives who served in one or other force.
The Link: http://www.thesouthafricanpolice.com/ - note the image links too
Rating: Worth a Visit
Updated: 23 June 2012


Queensland Newsletter June 2012
Mike Edden has submitted his Queensland Newsletter for your reading pleasure. This edition is full of stories from former members and well worth a read. We extend our thanks and appreciation to Mike, and indeed all those producing magazines and newsletters for their continued support. You may click on the image to download.
16 June 2012

Death: Charles William 'Charlie' Davis 8674
Pauline Clarke advises, with regret, the death of Charlie Davis on 29 May 2012 in Port Shepstone, South Africa. Charlie joined the BSA Police September 1971. Aside from a short period on Salisbury urban stations, Charlie served most of his service in the Dog Section, Salisbury, followed by a short instructional position in Tomlinson Depot. Charlie was an unassuming member who had a passion for rugby during his career, representing the Rhodesia "B" side on occasions, police teams and captaining the 1979 Salisbury Police side. He retired in May 1981, with the rank of S/Inspector. Charlie eventually emigrated and settled in Natal. He set up a popular kennels business. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Joy, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
16 December 2011

Scottish Gathering Newsletter No. 8
The United Kingdom Branch (Scottish Section) has issued another Scottish Gathering Newsletter (No. 8) which has a good number of photographs of those in attendance at the gathering and the response of a few attendees to the function.
16 June 2012

Death: Cornelius Marais Joubert 7178
Alistair Black advises with regret, the death of Cornelius Joubert on 29 May 2012 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Cornelius served six years in the BSA Police after joining in October 1964. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
16 June 2012

Achievements: June Birthday Parade
Messrs. 8476 John Morris-Smith a 60th (12 June); 7169 David Quiney a 65th (24 June); 8620 Peter Ruck a 65th (17 June); 7211 Peter Biddulph a 70th (5 June); 6341 Michael Bothma a 70th (26 June); 6193 Peter Good a 70th (15 June); 6121 Mike Harvey a 70th (30 June); 6344 Spike Werner a 70th (14 June); 5211 Bill Birch a 80th (1 June); 5385 Robert Gillespie a 80th (17 June); 5009 Colston Fry a 85th (13 June); 5009 Colston Fry a 85th (13 June); 4061 Bob Slade a 85th (29 June); 4071 Douglas Wright a 90th (5 June)
1 June 2012

May 2012 News

Death: David Stanley Brownless 4244
Auv Raath advises, with regret, the death of David Brownless on 26 May 2012 at Marondera, Zimbabwe. David joined the BSA Police in May 1948 and served until April 1951, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Trooper. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
26 May 2012


Death: Dudley Frederick Naude 6047
Peter Bellingham advises with regret, the death of Dudley Naude on 14 May 2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe, following a long illness. Dudley joined the BSA Police in August 1959 and served for 25 years, including a short period in the successor force, the Zimbabwe Republic Police. He retired in August 1984 with the rank of Chief Inspector. Dudley was mostly stationed in the town branch of the force, and during his early career was actively involved with the Dog Section. He was one of the founder members of the Special Weapons and Tactic (SWAT) team and had also served as officer in charge of Avondale station. He joined the security industry after his retirement and remained actively involved in dog training. Dudley played an active role with the Regimental Association as Honorary Secretary of the Central Committee. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
25 May 2012


Dudley Naude leads a group of dog handlers into action - Author unknown
Source: Contact - John Lovett

Death: Keith Graham Rutherfoord 8152
Jon Jordan advises with regret, the death of Keith Rutherfoord on 13 May 2012 in Perth, Australia, following a long illness. Keith served ten years in the force after joining in December 1968, leaving at his own request with the rank of Section Officer. During the earlier part of his service, Keith was stationed in Manicaland, mostly Umtali, but later transferred to the Support Unit. He was the recipient of a Commissioner's Special Commendation (Silver Baton) for bravery, while under fire during a station attack by terrorists. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Elaine, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
25 May 2012

Queensland Newsletter: May 2012 Edition
Mike Edden has submitted yet another Queensland Newsletter, which carries a three of interesting stories and good memories by both 9270 Geraint “Bomber” Jones, 6120 Dave Parry. There are other articles written by former members too... well worth a visit and download.
25 May 2012

Death: Michael John 'Mike' Horner 6125
Sheila Green, reports with great sadness the death of Mike Horner on 12 May 2012 at his home in Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom. Mike, who was born in Umtali, Southern Rhodesia, joined the BSA Police in February 1960 and served until February 1970 when he left the force, at his own request, with the rank of Section Officer. He had served mostly in Matabeleland and was at one stage attached to Traffic Section, Bulawayo. After leaving the force Mike worked at RISCO in Redcliffe, near Que Que and became an active member of the Police Reserve. Mike emigrated in 1984 to South Africa, settling in Port Elizabeth, where he worked for Old Mutual. In 1997 Mike retired and settled in the United Kingdom. He was a former Chairman of the Eastern Cape Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Roxanne, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
13 May 2012


Wedding Anniversary: Dave and Angela Botha
Dave and Angela (nee Austen) Botha celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary on 7 May 2012. They have two children Taryn-Lee and Cavlin. Dave(9204) served 1975-81 leaving with the rank of Section Officer, while Angela (WP495) served 1979-81. They were both stationed at Salisbury Control Room when they left the force. They now live in New Zealand.
13 May 2012

Natal Outpost Magazine: May 2012 - No 90
Trevor Dutton has recently issued the 90th Edition of The Natal Outpost, yet another information packed publication, with some very intereswting articles, as we have come to expect from Trevor. Trevor is always happy to receive feed-back and news about his editorial - his contact details are on the Natal Branch page
6 May 2012


Transvaal Outpost: March 2012 - Issue 29

Craig Viljoen, the new Editor of the Transvaal Outpost, has sent in his March 2012 Edition for your reading pleasure. Read more about Craig Viljoen on the Transvaal page.
6 May 2012

Achievements: May Birthday Parade
Messrs. 111768 Craig Coutts a 50th (28 May); 8745 Richard Pike a 60th (21 May); 8717 Ian Wheeler a 60th (19 May); 8230 Peter Clark a 65th (16 May); 8009 Peter Butler a 65th (10 May); 6763 Kenneth Thomas a 70th (21 May); 6905 Peter Phillips a 70th (7 May); 6479 Ted Ayers-Hunt a 70th (2 May); 5722 Thomas Moore a 75th (29 May); 5783 Edward Padget a 75th (7 May); 4645 Anthony Simmonds an 80th (20 May)
1 May 2012

April 2012 News

Death: Andrew Ian Young 4537
Dick Glanville advises with regret, having been notified of the death of Ian Young on 21 April 2012 in Randfontein, South Africa. Ian served twelve years in the force after joining in January 1950, retiring on gratuity with the rank of Sergeant in January 1962. His last station was Lalapanzi from where he moved across to Wankie to join National Parks. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Phyllis, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
29 March 2012

The Scottish Gathering Newsletter, No. 6
The Scottish Gathering Newsletter has been sent in by the United Kingdom Branch for your reading pleasure.
29 April 2012

Death: Kenneth John Cutler 5555
Des Howse advises with regret, the death of Ken Cutler on 23 April 2012 in Durban, South Africa, following a long illness. Ken served twenty-one years in the force after joining in September 1956, retiring with the rank of Chief Inspector in April 1977. Before joining the force Ken had been a cabinet maker and a tobacco farm assistant. Ken spent his entire service in suburban stations and then Salisbury Central. He was promoted to Chief Inspector in 1976. Ken had an interest in medal collecting and militaria and enjoyed football and golf. After leaving the force he joined the Pinetown Traffic Department. Ken then went into business on his own in the second hand goods business. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
29 March 2012

The United Kingdom Outpost: Issue 80 - Spring 2012
Parry Jones has just published the United Kingdom Outpost (Issue 80 - Spring 2012) and lodged it with this site for your reading pleasure. This edition is packed full of news and stories too. As usual you may click on the image to the right to access the pdf version of this edition (2,5Mb). Parry has recently taken over as editor of the United Kingdom Outpost. Previous copies of this magazine may be found on the United Kingdom website page.
26 April 2012

Death: Clive Joseph Evans 5768
John Berry advises, with regret, the death of Clive Evans on 19 April 2012 in Bruckless, County Donegal, Ireland. Clive joined the BSA Police in September 1957 and served until September 1960, leaving at his own request with the rank of Constable. He went on to serve in the Nyasaland Police, the following year, for three years, and later the Royal Hong Kong Police, where he ended up as a Superintendent in the Special Branch. Clive had been involved in police intelligence work in Nyasaland too. He was the recipient of the Colonial Police Medal. Clive returned to Ireland in 1974. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
21 April 2012

Message from the Queen
The United Kingdom Branch took the opportunity of sending loyal greetings to Her Majesty the Queen on the august occasion celebrating the 60th Anniversay of her accession to the throne. Peter Phillips, Chairman of the United Kingdom Branch circulated the following response from Her Majesty:

20 April 2012

Death: Michael Anthony 'Scouse' Jones 5509
Des Howse advises, with regret, the death of Scouse Jones on 13 April 2012 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Scouse joined the BSA Police in June 1956 and served until January 1978, retiring with the rank of Superintendent. He had previously served in the Grenadier Guards on National Service and then the Manchester City Police. Scouse, or Mike as some referred to him, served mostly in Salisbury Province and is credited with having set up the Salisbury Crime Prevention Unit (CPU). He was transferred to Matableland in 1975 and soon thereafter commissioned. Scouse was active in football and cricket during his service in the force. He emigrated to South Africa and was a member of both the Transvaal and Natal Branches. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
20 April 2012

BSA Police Challenge Coin
I was delighted to receive my two BSA Police challenge medallions recently per kind favour of a recent traveler. These coins were designed by former member Will Cornell 6388, and manufactured by Symbol Arts.

Challenge coins apparently became popular in World War II where members of a special forces unit would carry their unit coins where ever they went. This invoked the concept of challenges to produce the coin if you were a member of the unit, and if you failed to do so, you would suffer buying the next round! I believe there were only 100 of these BSA Police challenge coins minted, so there a loads of former members out there who will be buying the drinks... make sure you challenge the next former member you meet, if you have yours! , but note that he may no longer have any remaining in stock
20 April 2012

Death: Christopher Robin Phillips 7206
Peter Bellingham advises, with regret, the death of Christopher Phillips on 6 April 2012 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Christopher joined the BSA Police in December 1964 and served until March 1971, leaving at his own request with the rank of Patrol Officer. He went on to become the Deputy Sheriff and Messenger of Court in Mutare. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
20 April 2012


Queensland Newsletter April 2012
Mike Edden has sent in his latest edition of the Queensland Newsletter for your reading pleasure. This edition actually contains a short story by Nick Russell, who relates a few tales about his service at Mount Darwin. Enjoy! With Mike's mail today came the news that Mike King has published his book 'The Horns of a Dilemma', which hopefully will be reviewed here soon
20 April 2012

Death: Gordon Eric Murrell 7269
Alistair Black advises, with regret, the death of Gordon Murrell on 4 April 2012 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Gordon joined the BSA Police in February 1965 and served until August 1973, leaving at his own request with the rank of Section Officer. He later joined the Fire and Rescue Service in Berkshire. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
20 April 2012

United Kingdom Braai
The United Kingdom Branch has issued notice of its forthcoming Summer Braai function on Saturday 4th August 2012 to be held at the Lillesall National Sports Centre, near Newport. Former Members in and around the area and all branch members are encouraged to read the notice and complete the forms as soon as possible and before Monday, 2 May 2012.
6 April 2012

United Kingdom Annual General Meeting
The United Kingdom Branch has issued notice of its forthcomingt Annual General Meeting at the Victory Services Club, Seymour Street, London on Saturday 12 May 2012 at 11:00am. Members of the branch are encouraged to read the notice.
4 April 2012

Death: John Bancroft Standers 8588
Nigel Auld advises, with regret, the death of John Standers on 2 April 2012 in Hwange, Zimbabwe. John joined the BSA Police in January 1971 and served until April 1979, leaving at his own request with the rank of Section Officer. He served mostly in the districts and ended up in then Wankie. John remained in Zimbabwe, and took up a position with the Hwange Colliery. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 April 2012

Achievements: April Birthday Parade
Messrs. 7539 Rex Allberry a 65th (14 April); 7605 Peter Bell a 65th (26 April); 8224 Alan Ledger a 65th (16 April); 8452 David James a 60th (15 April); 8515 Martin Powis a 60th (24 April)
1 April 2012

March 2012 News

External Pensions
Peter Bellingham has sent in a document concerning pensions which many of you may find interesting. It comes with the message to read the instructions carefully. Should you have any queries concerning this document would you please address them directly to . In saying that, please remember that Peter volunteers his time and cannot attend to a multitude of personal pension enquiries on your behalf.
24 March 2012

Death: Philip William Hart 7564
Brian Hayes advises with regret, having been notified of the death of Phil Hart on 21 March 2012 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Phil served ten years in the force after joining in April 1966. He served his early career in Matabeleland urban, including Bulawayo Central and later moved to then Salisbury Central followed by various suburban stations and posts, before joining Traffic Branch. He left the force at his own request in October 1976 and later emigrated to South Africa where he worked with the supermarket chain Checkers, until moving to Lesotho. There he worked for the next 26 years before going into semi-retirement in South Africa. He had lived in Ladybrand and was a country member of the Natal Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Geetha, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
23 March 2012

Queensland Newsletter March 2012
Mike Edden has popped a Queensland Newsletter onto my desk for your reading pleasure. Please note the the Okavango images by Mike King did not accompany this newsletter. A pity.
23 March 2012

Death: Steven John McCallum 110945
Barry Woan advises, with regret, the death of Steven McCallum on 11 March 2012 in Krugersdorp, South Africa. Steven joined the BSA Police in July 1979 and served just over two years, leaving by purchase, with the rank of Patrol Officer. He was in the Support Unit. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
13 March 2012

Death: Michael John Bird 7054
Ted Preston advises with regret, the death of Mike Bird on 18 March 2012 in Aukland, New Zealand. Mike served three years in the BSA Police after joining in February 1964. After leaving the force, Mike went into landscape designing and moved to the United Kingdom. He later emigrated to New Zealand. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
20 March 2012

Another High Achiever: Ian Harries
Ian Harries (6587/8953) seems to have achieved physical heights in the Everest region on two occasions. On the first trip in 2010, Ian and another summited Kala Pathar (at 5723m) which lies below Pumori, where they had the most exquisite views of Mount Everest, the Khumbu Ice Fall, Lhotse and Nuptse. Between them was the Khumbu Glacier.

The second trip, last year, (again just two of them with Ian guiding) was sponsored and Ian was determined to see more of the range. They walked to the Gokyo Lakes (to the west of Everest), did Everest Base Camp (at 5364m), Kala Phattar again (at 5723) and then Dingboche and Chhukhung to the south and east of Everest looking up at the massive wall of Lhotse. Ian adds "This trip lasted 33 days and it still wasn’t long enough." Ian is still coaching in South Africa
20 March 2012

Death: John William Ware 4200
Ted Preston advises with regret, having been notified of the death of John Ware on 28 February 2012 in Madeira, Portugal. John did three years service in the BSA Police, joining January 1947 and serving mostly in Matabeleland. Before joining the BSA Police, John attested, under age, into the Parachute Regiment during the Second World War. John was also deployed to Palestine after the war. After leaving the force, John worked in Salisbury for a short while in the motor auction business. John's love for Africa took him mining in central Africa, doing wildlife photography and crocodile hunting on Lake Victoria, before settling in Cape Town. He later move to Portugal where he lived with his wife, Beverley. During the latter part of his life John became a successful author, writing fiction based on his southern African experiences with two books The Curve of the Tusk and The Dunes of Langebaan. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Beverley, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
10 March 2012

The Cape Outpost Magazine: No 71, February 2012
has produced his February 2012 edition of The Cape Outpost for your reading pleasure, full of news, views and stories including and interesting piece on the history of the BSA Police Golf Club; and Alan Brent's story about the recovery of an Allouette helicopter from Lake Kariba. You may click on the image to the right to download the PDF document. The Western Cape Branch has its own page on this website.
9 March 2012

Death: Trevor Sidney Wright 5873
Cherith Roberts advises, in the Rhodesian Services Organisation newsletter, Contact, and with regret, the death of Trevor Wright on 27 January 2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Trevor joined the BSA Police in September 1958 and served mostly in the Criminal Investigation Department until July 1964, when he left at his own request. He was based at Headquarters. Trevor joined the Rhodesian Airforce after leaving the police and later managed a farm in the Centenary district. He was a keen rifle and pistol shottist. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Denise, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
8 March 2012

Squads Reunion: 8/1963 - 1/1964 and WPO Squad 1/1964
Stretch Hughes is proposing to convene a recruit squad reunion later in 2012, involving squads 8/1963 - 1/1964 and WPO squad 1/1964. Anyone interested should contact
1 March 2012

The Mystery and Intrigue of the Two Kenyembas
Mike Harvey (6121) has submitted a very interesting article that he has written about the location of the old Kenyemba police camp (circa 1897) and the the controversy covered by the Outposts in the 1960s. Entitled "The Mystery and Intrigue of the Two Kenyembas", Mike's article contains a number of maps and photographs and also tells of the two toed people of the area. He would like some comment and feed back from people, in all walks, who are interested in this particular period of our history and more so the location which is on the confluence of the Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers. While Mike has suggested he would like this placed with a broader audience of former members, the article is a creative work protected by copyright and editors wishing to use this material in their publications (Outpost magazines) should please seek permissions accordingly. would appreciate your comments. You may click on the image to link to the article which is a PDF document.
1 March 2012

Achievements: March Birthday Parade
Messrs. 111261 Butch Chantler a 50th (23 March); 7439 John McCarter a 65th (14 March); 7310 Edward Ions a 65th (16 March); 8457 Mick Cundy a 65th (22 March); 6388 Will Cornell a 70th (4 March); 6284 Glen Martin a 70th (7 March); 7042 Bruce Bennett a 70th (31 March); 5358 Michael York a 75th (1 March); 6150 David Paterson a 75th (18 March); 5310 Maurice Parnaby a 80th (19 March); and two ladies, whose ages we shall not reveal, WP575 Maureen Cunningham (13 March); and WP651 Debs Bishop (25 March)
1 March 2012

The BSA Police History in March
We take a quick review of events in the month of March during the life of the force:

  • 1 March, 1890 - Major S G Pennefather promoted to Lt Colonel and appointed to command the BSAC Police;
  • 20 March, 1896 - Fuse for the Matabele Rebellion lit near Umsingwane in an incident between tribesmen and police.;
  • 22 March, 1896 - The Matabele Rebellion takes hold with the murder of white settlers in Essexvale;
  • 31 March, 1897 - The Mounted Troop, Rhodesia Horse Volunteers disbanded in Salisbury;
  • 26 March, 1902 - Death of Cecil Rhodes;
  • 31 March, 1902 - Southern Rhodesia Constabulary established witha strenght of 138 white and 56 black personal;
  • 5 March, 1903 - The Bechuanaland Division of the BSA Police ceases to exist;
  • 5 March, 1951 - Commonwealth Office and Central African civil services representatives meet to discuss the formation of an African Federation;
  • 12 March, 1958 - Police Commissioner Harold Jackson retires from the BSA Police;
  • 13 March, 1958 - Mr. Basil G Spurling (3100) appointed Commissioner of Police;
  • 1 March, 1968 - Operation Cauldron launched resulting in combat with approximately 125 insurgents resulting in the death of 69 and capture of 50;
  • 1 March, 1970 - Operation Pluto - 6-man ZAPU Recce team infiltrated near Nyamuombe farm destined for Kariba and took part in an abortive attack on Kariba Airport then escaped back to Zambia;
  • 2 March, 1970 - Rhodesia declares itself a republic. Parliament is dissolved;
  • 5 March, 1975 - Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole detained on the grounds of plotting to assassinate certain opponents;
  • 19 March, 1975 - Herbert Chitepo and his bodyguard assassinated by a land-mine in Lusaka;
  • 3 March, 1978 - Muzorewa, Abel Tendekayi Bishop: Signs Internal Settlement Agreement;
  • 21 March, 1978 - Transitional Government comes to power out of the Internal multi-party agreement of the "Salisbury Four";

1 March 2012

March 2011 News in Archives
Last years news for March may be found in the archived news section.
1 March 2012

February 2012 News

Death: Robert Dawson 'Bob' Colquhoun 4768
Rob Clarke advises, with regret, the death of Bob Colquhoun on 26 February 2012 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Bob joined the BSA Police in August 1951 and retired in August 1971 with the rank of Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 February 2012

Death: David Vincent Hart-Davies 6469
Peter Bellingham advises, with regret, the death of Dave Hart-Davies on 25 February 2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Dave joined the BSA Police in August 1961 and continued serving, after independence, with the Zimbabwe Republic Police until November 1986 when he retired with the rank of Assistant Commissioner. He served his career in the uniform branch in both districts and urban areas. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 February 2012


The Aussie Outpost: Summer Edition 2011/2012 - February 2012
The Newsletter of the Austalian Branch of the Regimental Association has been made available to this web site for your reading please by editor, Kerry Hoadley. The Summer Edition 2011/12 is another great newsletter full of news, ideas and colour images. Please click on the link or the image for your pdf copy (1.17Mb).
23 February 2012

Zimbabwe Government Re-commences Foreign Pension Payments - Update
Peter Bellingham suggests that his last disclosure on this subject may have raised false hopes of members worldwide for the early commencement of their pension payments. He says,

"The information provided below is what we honestly believed at that time from the information that was available to us. However this does not now appear to be the case. The pensions paid in South Africa were paid from a carryover of 4,000.00 held by the Standard Bank from the time that the Zimbabwe Government stopped paying external pensions. Although some 3.5 million dollars is available for the payment of external pensions at this time, the modalities of how this is to be done have yet to be agreed upon. We are pushing for all pension payments to be made using the services of Crown Agents, who pay Federal pensions. This is by far the cheapest service on offer."

However, as Crown Agents is a British Government Agency, and local politics seems to have placed a spanned in the works. Peter regret to advise, therefore, that until this impasse has been overcome, no further external pensions will be paid. 22 February 2012


Mad Dog Killers
Former member 7357 Ivan Smith has just published his book, 'Mad Dog Killers' which is a reflection of Ivan's experiences in the Congo before he joined the BSA Police The Publisher's review may be seen here. Mad Dog Killers: The Story of a Congo Mercenary (Click title to buy) may also be aquired at Amazon.
18 February 2012

Death: Laurence Reginald 'Larry' King 4716
Peter Good advises, with regret, the death of Larry King on 16 February 2012 in Wrexham, United Kingdom. Larry joined the BSA Police in May 1951 and served until August 1964, when he left at his own with the Rank of Inspector. He served mostly in Matabeleland in the uniformed branch, but took his discharge while based at Midlands Provincial Headquarters. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
18 February 2012

Zimbabwe Government Re-commences Foreign Pension Payments
Peter Bellingham, Hon. Sec. Central Advisory Committee, reports a development with respect to pensions. The Pensions Office have started to pay external pensions commencing with South Africa. They are currently only paying pensions to pensioners with Standard Chartered Bank Accounts as a pilot project, for that is the only bank that has confirmed the pensioners bank account numbers. Read more...
18 February 2012

Death: Pieter Janse 'Piet' Van Rensburg 6133/9525
Des Howse advises, with regret, the death of Piet Van Rensburg on 6 February 2012 in Margate, South Africa. Piet joined the BSA Police in March 1960 and served until July 1973, when he left at his own request with the Rank of Inspector. He rejoined the force in January 1976 and served a further six years. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
11 February 2012


Natal Midlands Newsletter: February 2012
Alan Bennett, Hon.Sec. Natal Midlands Branch has sent in a Newsletter for your reading pleasure. Previous copies of this newsletter may be seen on the Natal Midlands branch web page. The image to the right is a link to the newsletter too.
11 February 2012

Death: Alexander George Millar ‘Alex’ 9455
Glenn Seymour-Hill advises, with regret, the death of Alex Millar on 6 February 2012 in Canada. Alex joined the BSA Police August 1975 and served most of his service in the Support Unit. He left the police shortly before completing his three years, by purchase, to take up a position with Natal Parks Board, a vocation which was to become a life long passion. During the last 6 years Alex worked with the Canadian Fisheries and Wildlife as a conservation officer. He was a brilliant, and much admired, wildlife photographer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Jenny, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
7 February 2012

Mugabe - My Part in his Victory
Former NSPO 900460 Nevin Weakley has just published his book, under the psuedonym Chris Walmsley, entitled "Mugabe my part in his Victory". This is a light-hearted auto-biography of Weakley's service in the BSA Police National Service ranks. Brian Pym's review may be seen here. Mugabe - My Part in His Victory (Click title to buy) may also be aquired at Amazon.
5 February 2012

Achievements: February Birthday Parade
Messrs. 5037 Edward Thomas an 80th (1 February); 7646 David Tudor-Jones a 75th (2 February); 5344 Ian Duncan a 75th (7 February); 6125 Mike Horner a 70th (9 February); 6303 Peter Nortje a 70th (23 February); 7252 Arthur Du Toit a 65th (6 February); 7544 Fluff Hawks a 65th (18 February); 7375 Alex Smith a 65th (18 February); 7391 Alan Toms a 65th (20 February); 8491 Roy Tuck a 60th (2 February); 8407 Graham Campbell a 60th (4 February); 8441 Robert McDonald a 60th (6 February); 8540 Rob Dix a 60th (28 February); and a lady, whose age we shall not reveal, WP162 Jill Van Zyl (23 February);
1 February 2012

The BSA Police History in February
Some of the events in our history occuring in February through time:

  • 1 February, 1923 - Col. Essex Capell appointed Commissioner of Police;
  • 1 February, 1933 - Col. John S Morris appointed Commissioner of Police;
  • 12 February, 1954 - HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, becomes Honorary Commissioner of the BSA Police force;
  • 26 February, 1959 - 503 nationalists arrested in Operation Spider;
  • 1 February, 1962 - General Sir Douglas Packard visits Southern Rhodesia to undertake a study of the BSA Police and make recommendations concerning its future operations;
  • 2 February, 1970 - Operation Granite - ZAPU group of 6 infiltrated NL Chete Island;
  • 9 February, 1970 - Operation Chestnut - Group of 7 ZAPU infiltrated at Msuna;
  • 6 February, 1974 - Peter Sherren (3862) appointed Commissioner of Police replacing Police Commissioner Sidney Bristow who retires from the BSA Police;
  • 6 February, 1975 - McIntosh, the sanctions spy serving a 14-year sentence, escapes from jail;
  • 17 February, 1976 - First contact with Zimbabwe Peoples Army (ZIPA) insurgents in the Sangwe Tribal trust Land;
  • 6 February, 1978 - Peter Allum (3939) appointed Commissioner of Police replacing Police Commissioner Peter Sherren who retires from the BSA Police;
  • 12 February, 1979 - ZIPRA terrorists shoot down a second Air Rhodesia civilian commuter plane (The Umniati) killing all 59 people on board outright

Think you could add to this? Contact the Web Administrator
1 February 2012

Let us go back 100 Years: Police Review February 1912
As early as 1912, the BSA police actually had a house magazine, called The Police Review. Some of these have been scanned during recently years and this one, which celebrates its publication 100 years ago is available for your reading pleasure.
1 February 2012

February 2011 News in Archives
Last years news for February may be found in the archived news section.
1 February 2012

January 2012 News

Death: Lionel Ludvig ‘Lummy’ Lumholst-Smith (aka Lumoltz) 3385
Alistair Black advises, with regret, the death of Lummy Lumholst-Smith on 16 January 2012 in Cumbria, United Kingdom. Lummy, who was brought up in Norway, joined the BSA Police May 1934 and fell in with the likes of Arthur Baden-Powell (3383), who was to inherit the title Lord from his famous father, and Frank Barfoot(3342), later Commissioner of Police. After a few years on remote district stations, Lummy served most of his service in the Criminal Investigation Department, Salisbury. He may have been one of the few officers involved in the early start of the XB section (intelligence) of the CID, and also served in Immigration, which then fell under the control of the CID. He retired in August 1956, with the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. Lummy joined the Rhodesian Grain Marketing Board, where he served for many years. He was an active member of the Mashonaland Branch, before returning to Norway, and later a member of the UK Branch, when he eventually settled in Cumbia, United Kingdom. Lummy was born on 12 March 1912, and would have reached his 100th year this year. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
18 December 2011

Central Newsletter: March 2011 - No 98
Peter Bellingham has sent in his March 2011 News from Central newsletter for your reading pleasure. Some might ask 'why so late?' Well, Peter suffered the theft of his computer which had this edition in preparation thereon, and thus lost a huge amount of work and time. Peter's busy schedule has not permitted a quick recovery. We are happy that it has arrived! You may see prior editions of the Central Newsletter on the Central Advisory Committee pages. Remember the image to the right is a link!
14 January 2012


Natal Outpost Magazine: Edition No 89: January 2012
Trevor Dutton has so kindly supplied the latest edition of The Natal Outpost magazine for your reading pleasure. Another information packed edition it is too! Clicking on hat image to the left should bring up this document which is in PDF format. Previous coies of The Natal Outpost are available on the Natal Branch Regimental Association page. If you are from the Kwazulu Natal area... do think about joining the branch.
11 January 2012

North West Region Christmas Lunch 2011
The United Kingdom Branch, North West Region Lunch was held during December 2011. Rod Wilson 4933 writes his report, which may be found on the United Kingdom Branch page. Eighteen members sat down to Christmas Lunch specially served for those attending in the Conservatory at Feildens Arms Mellor Brook, Blackburn BB2 7PR Tel. 01254 814655. Rod says dates for 2012 are as follows, Sunday March 11th. Sunday June 10th. Sunday September 9th. Sunday December 9th all at the same venue
Read more...
21 January 2012

Achievements: Flight of Falcons Republished by Andrew Stevens 6226
Andrew Stevens has recently republished his work "The Flight of the Falcons" (Candia Books 2011) the review of which you may see on this website. Its non fiction. Please click on the image to see the review.
21 January 2012

Achievements: Peter Shout 8655 Wedding Anniversary
Peter and Brenda Shout celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary on 7 January 2012. They were married in Bulawayo and they have two children Dan and Meg. Peter served 1971-83 and now lives in Namibia. Our congratulations go to them both.
8 January 2012

So Who is Visiting the Web Site?
Statistics on website visits are often meaningless due to 'crawlers' (applications used by the major search engines to index the web), but if you eliminate these and the more exuberant of the spamming nations top site visiting nations during December 2010 are South Africa (46%); Australia (19%); United Kingdom (13%); New Zealand (6%) and Zimbabwe (5%). This seems pretty consistent with where former members are now located, with perhaps exception of the UK...
4 January 2012

Scottish Gathering: Invitation
The Scottish Group of The United Kingdom Branch of the British South Africa Police Regimental Association extends a cordial invitation to all Association members and to former members of the British South Africa Police and Police Reserve, together with their wives or partners to attend "The 2nd Annual Scottish Gathering" on Saturday 26 May 2012, from 11am to 5pm, in Edinburgh. Click on this link for your invitation.
3 January 2012

Reaching Out: Douglas Wright 4071
One of the more satifying aspects of operating this web site has been the ability to reach out to all those former members who choose to stay in contact. Particularly cheering to me has been the reponse of Vivien Wright, who sent in a picture of her father, Douglas Wright, reading his copy of the Web Administrator's Seasonal Newsletter on Christmas Day. Douglas (a former Senior Assistant Commissioner and recipient of the PCD and CPM) will hopefully celebrate his 90th Birthday in June this year and is presently living in Tasmania, Australia.
2 January 2012

Achievements: January Birthday Parade
Messrs. 4567 Jack Bond an 80th (16 January); 5508 Gordon Norris a 75th (9 January); 5322 Stuart Rodda a 75th (16 January); 6123 Brian Pym a 70th (9 January); 6650 Peter Combes a 70th (18 January); 6182 Patrick Kelly a 70th (19 January); 9191 David Berry a 65th (13 January); 8925 Richard Morrish a 60th (19 January); 111180 Stan Flowers a 50th (25 January). Our congratulations go to them all.
1 January 2012

Lost Comrades List Gets Longer
The Web Administrator's seasonal message each year seems to bring out a longer list of former members' e-mail addresses 'bouncing' and being listed on the Lost and Found Pages of the site each year. I would be grateful if visitors to the site could pop into the link provided above and go through the listings. Principally, we are looking for e-mail address, rather than telephone numbers, but if you know someone who is listed as lost or sought, please contact them and ask them to update their details - using this Registration Form. Please note that mail bounces during the festive season due to mail boxes being filled may be a cause - just notify me if this is the case.
1 January 2012

Let us go back 100 Years: Police Review January 1912
As early as 1912, the BSA police actually had a house magazine, called The Police Review. Some of these have been scanned during recently years and this one, which celebrates its publication 100 years ago is available for your reading pleasure.
1 January 2012

January 2011 News in Archives
Last years news for January may be found in the archived news section.
1 February 2012


December 2011 News

The Transvaal Outpost: November 2011
We have received another news filled edition of Glenn Macaskill's November 2011 The Transvaal Outpost for your reading pleasure. Please note that the date on this PDF version is incorrect... hopefully Dick Glanville will send an updated version. Thanks Glenn for you continued support of the network. Glenn may be contacted via the Transvaal Branch page on this site.
27 December 2011

Lost Comrades List Gets Longer
The Web Administrator's seasonal message each year seems to bring out a longer list of former members' e-mail addresses 'bouncing' and being listed on the Lost and Found Pages of the site each year. I would be grateful if visitors to the site could pop into the link provided above and go through the listings. Principally, we are looking for e-mail address, rather than telephone numbers, but if you know someone who is listed as lost or sought, please contact them and ask them to update their details - using this Registration Form. Please note that mail bounces during the festive season due to mail boxes being filled may be a cause - just notify me if this is the case.
27 December 2011

A seasonal Message from the Web Administrator: December 2011
Each year I write a personalised message to all members on the regimental database, basically to wish them well during the festive season. This year is no exception and that message can bee seen via this link. Sadly, each year many unexpected mail bounces occur, and again, this year is no exception. Please make sure your details are up to date and that you keep within the fold. You may register here.
24 December 2011

Death: Alexandra Joy Earwood ‘Alex’ WP517
Dick Glanville reports with profound sadness the tragic murder of Alex Earwood, in her home, in Blairgowrie, Johannesburg, South Africa on 20 December 2011. Alex joined the BSA Police in February 1979 and served until January 1983, leaving at her own request with the rank of Women Patrol Officer. Alex had been the recipient of the Bronze Baton along with WPO Norma Gore (WP550) following their courageous arrest of a car thief in May 1981. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
23 December 2011

BSA Police Presence at Remembrance Day Parade: Bedford
Fred Punter sent in the image below which is a portion of the Rhodesian crowd which attended the Remembrance Day Parade during September 2011 in Bedford. The parade was notably dominated by former members of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, who happen to have their museum in the city.


Fred is seen holding the BSA Police wreath

13 December 2011

Achievements: Julian Pellatt NS900434 Published
Julian Pellatt writes in and tells of a poem that he wrote about the war, in 1974, as a young 18-year old NSPO on his first PATU stint at the 'Sharo End' in Kandeya TTL.  In November this year that poem was published in a new anthology of southern African poetry: The Ground's Ear: Contemporary Verse From Southern Africa (Quickfox Publishing, Cape Town).  There is a copy of that poem for download, in case it may be of any interest. Well done Julian.
13 December 2011

Achievements: Eastland Collen 10364 Wedding Anniversary
Eastland and Glynis (nee Williams - ex Turk Mine) Collen celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary today. They were married by Ian Spense at the Presbytarian Church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 13 December 1986, with Roland Rich (Support Unit) in attendance as best man. Eastland served 1978-80 and now lives in the United States. They have two son's Gareth and Kieran. Our congratulations go to them both.
13 December 2011

Death: Ralph Irwin 4491
Alistair Black advises, with regret, the death of Ralph Irwin on 13 October 2011 in Oxford, United Kingdom. Ralph served in the BSA Police between November 1949 and August 1964. He was in the uniformed branch and did service in the Umtali and Salisbury districts. Ralph was promoted to Inspector in September 1961 and left the force, three years later, on a retirement gratuity to settled back in the United Kingdom. He was a member of the UK Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
12 December 2011

Death: Sinclair Henry Mackay ‘Seamus’ Sutherland 5494
Raoul Gilbert advises with regret the death of Seamus Sutherland on 20 November 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Seamus served in the BSA Police between June 1956 and June 1964. He was mostly Bulawayo (Traffic Branch) based and left the force at own request as a Sergeant, settling back in Scotland. He later worked for the Scottish Law Society. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
10 December 2011

BSA Police Trooper 1940
I was browsing through a couple of old Outposts the other day and came across an image of a trooper circa 1940 in the December 1940 edition. This image was reproduced in the magazine from the original watercolour presented to the BSA Police by the United Tobacco Company (South) Limited. Many of you visiting these pages will know that this was the subject of a series of cigarette cards, collected by enthusiasts back in the 1940s.

Brian Taylor (5507) very kindly let me have his framed series of three cards, when he left Zimbabwe, of which the BSA Police Trooper was one.
3 December 2011

Death: Ronald Peter Atkins 7874
Neville Spurr advises with regret the death of Ron Atkins on 23 November 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. Ron served his three in the BSA Police between January 1968 and January 1971. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 December 2011

Achievments: Rob MacLean 8244 Wins Medals
Rob MacLean,who recently competed at the World Canoe Marathon Championships for South Africa in the Masters category (October in Singapore) won gold medals in the K1 (single canoe) and K2 (double canoe) events, each raced over 22km. Rob states,
“That is 5 x 4.3 km laps each 'joined' by a portage of 120 m. Although I have represented South Africa at previous World Canoe Marathon Championships (1998, 1999, 2007, 2009, 2010) and have won medals - gold, silver and bronze, this was my first 'double gold' success.”
Rob is now going on to Rome and the WMC in 2012 to defend his titles! We wish Rob the best of luck. Rob is seeking sponsorship to assist him with this challenge.
3 December 2011

Achievements: December Birthday Parade
Messrs. 6105 George Hutchison (4 Dec); 6609 Parry Jones (5 Dec); 6319 Chris Looker (7 Dec); 7357 Ivan Smith (20 Dec); 7152 Kevin Broad (21 Dec) celebrate their 70th and 5333 David Le Sueur (28 Dec) his 75th. Our congratulations go to them all.
1 December 2011

November 2011 News

Queensland Newsletter: November 2011
Mike Edden has sent us a copy of his November Newsletter from Queensland, Australia, for your reading pleasure.
30 November 2011

Death: Alan Charles Norman ‘Steve’ Stephens 4064
Richard Hamley advises with regret the death of Steve Stephens on 25 November 2011 in Frankston, Victoria, Australia. Steve joined the BSA Police in June 1946 and served his career in the Uniformed Branch mostly in a training capacity. Before joining the force, Steve served in the Royal Navy, as a signalman, largely in the Mediterranean. He took part in the Battle for Crete, sailed with the Malta convoys and served in the invasion force of Sicily and Italy. Steve was later seconded to the Royal Indian Navy and took part in the Arakan and Rangoon landings. His police service took him firstly to Umtali, but following his participation in the 1947 Royal Escort, Steve remained in depot as a re-mount rider and instructor. By 1951 he was the chief equitation instructor, but following a riding accident, he was post to Tomlinson Depot, for African police. There, he was respectfully known as ‘Chapungu’, the Shona name for the Bateleur Eagle... hawk-eyed and swift to pounce on recruits. Steve was commissioned in 1970 and became Deputy Commandant Depot in 1980. He was the recipient of the Colonial Police Long Service Medal (1964) and later received the PMM (1977). During his service Steve was involved in much of the work of the BSA Police display teams and as an ardent horseman (famed with his ride RH 457 Kentucky) he was honoured as an Life Vice President of the Horse Society of Zimbabwe. Steve retired from the force in September 1980 with the rank of Chief Superintendent. He emigrated to South Africa (where he was a member of the Transvaal Branch) and later to Australia. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Mary, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 November 2011

New Book by former Member: Ndlovu - The White Elephant
Peter Good (6193) has recently pubished his book Ndlovu - The White Elephant (Pneumasprings), a crime detective, fictional story based on the author's life in Africa and the BSA Police. A retired constable commits murder and flees the country later to return as a member of a terrorist gang... The novel is described as a palpable, action-packed story based on true life expereinces . There is a review in the book section.
27 November 2011


The Cape Outpost No. 70 - November 2011
Lawrie Mabin has offered his latest edition of The Cape Outpost magazine for your reading pleasure. This is another colourful addition to the website, full of news and contact by former members of the force. Don't forget to pop into the Western Cape Branch pages on this site. Lawrie would love to receive your feedback and comments on the content - contact details on the Branch pages. Click on the image or the link for a pdf version of the magazine.
27 November 2011

Death: Patrick James ‘Pat’ McCulloch 4380
Alan Bennett advises with regret the death of Pat McCulloch on 16 November 2011 in Howick, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. Pat joined the BSA Police in February 1949 and served his career in the Uniformed Branch, much of it in Matabeleland and the Midlands. As an Inspector he was awarded a Commissioners Commendation for investigations work in the Enkeldoorn area. He served as Officer Commanding Mash Ops and later, from 1977, as Officer Commanding Midlands Province before transferring to PGHQ where he took up the position of Chief Staff Officer (Training). Pat retired from the Zimbabwe Republic Police in May 1982 with the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner. He was the recipient of the PCD and the PMM. Pat emigrated to South Africa and joined the Natal Parks Board where he pursued a successful career before retiring as Deputy Director Auxiliary Services. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Rosemary, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
16 November 2011

New Book by former Member: Hunt the Assassin
Glenn Macaskill (6538) has recently released another book, Hunt the Assassin (Crest Publishing), a fictional story involving thrilling detective work which moves from England to Africa based in the Boer Republics, South Africa during the late 1800s and into the Anglo-Boer war. There is a backcover review in the book section and going by previous books written by Glenn, this is likely to be another wonderful work.
12 November 2011


Death: John Tilley 8007
It is with regret that I have to inform you of the death of John Tilley on 4 November 2011 in East London, South Africa. John joined the BSA Police in June 1968 and served his short career in the Duty Uniformed branch. He left the force at his own request in June 1973 with the rank of Section Officer. John emigrated to South Africa where he operated his own courier business before retiring to the coast. He was at one time a member of the Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
9 November 2011

United Kingdom Outpost Edition No 79 - Winter
Parry Jones offers his first, and colourful, edition (Winter 2011 : Edition 79) of the The United Kingdom Outpost for your reading pleasure. Please note there has been a change in the Editor of the United Kingdom Outpost and this edition is his first. The new Editor appointed is Hywell Parry-Jones (6609), known to most of you simply as Parry. We extend a warm welcome to Parry, who may be contact at his .
9 November 2011

Death: Aubrey Peter ‘Karl’ Maskell 4328
Peter Bellingham regrets to advise the recent death of Karl Maskell on 28 October 2011 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Karl joined the BSA Police in November 1948 and served his career in the Duty Uniformed branch. He was stationed at one time on the Zambezi (Chirundu) and became known as the ‘Old Man of the River’ based on his apparent prowess with police launches on the water. He was also stationed in the drier Matabeleland, at Gwanda, and Manicaland at Umtali, as well as Tomlinson Depot. Karl was awarded the Police Meritorious Service Medal in 1972. During the earlier part of his career he represented police rowing teams. He retired from the Zimbabwe Republic Police in June 1983 with the rank of Chief Superintendent. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
2 November 2011

October 2011 News

Death: William John Maxwell ‘Bill’ or ‘Jock’ Crossan 4988
Dick Glanville regrets to advise the recent death of Jock Crossan on 28 October 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jock attested into the BSA Police in October 1952. He joined the Criminal Investigation Department, where he was to spend most of his career, early in his service. Jock was promoted to Detective Inspector in 1962 and during the turbulent decade that followed he played a legendary role in the detection of sabotage and violent crime in then Salisbury. He was the recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1974 (post service). Jock retired from the force in December 1972 with the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He was a member of the Transvaal Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Grace, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
29 October 2011

Natal Outpost: October 2011
Trevor Dutton has been working hard again to produce yet another outstanding Natal Outpost Magazine, the 88th Edition - packed full of news and images. Both Trevor and I would like some feedback concerning the digital quality of the pdf document - please contact Trevor directly and copy to me... Remember you may click on the image at right to download this edition. Also, please don't forget to pop into the Natal Branch pages, to read earlier editions. would welcome feedback!
29 October 2011

Death: Harvey Francis Otto Wilhelm 6271
Peter Bellingham regrets to advise the recent death of Harvey Wilhelm on 10 October 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. Harvey joined the BSA Police in January 1961 and served first in Matabeleland. He was a member of the Support Unit during the latter years of his service. Harvey was the recipient of a PSLM in 1981, shortly before he retired from the force in June 1982 with the rank of Chief Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Jill, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
29 October 2011

Death: David John ‘Dave’ Tunney 7120
Dick Glanville regrets to advise the recent death of David Tunney on 1 October 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa. Dave joined the BSA Police in July 1964 and served first in northern Matabeleland. He retired from the force in June 1980 with the rank of Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
29 October 2011

Death: Angela Elizabeth ‘Angie’ Boothway (Nee Hay)WP314
I regret to advise the recent death of Angie Boothway on 5 June 2011 in Triangle, Zimbabwe. Angie joined the BSA Police in January 1976 and served until August 1978 when she left the force with the rank of Woman Patrol Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 October 2011

September 2011 News

Death: Donald Hugh Russell 4808
Alastair Black advises, with regret, the death of Don Russell on 21 September 2011 in Portimao, Portugal. Don joined the BSA Police in November 1951. He served in the Uniformed Branch, his early career in the Midlands and Matabeleland. Don was promoted to Inspector in 1960 and commissioned in August 1971 while OC Border, Matabeleland. He served until July 1981, crossing to the Zimbabwe Republic Police. He was awarded the PLSM and Bar. Don left the force on retirement with the rank of Assistant Commissioner and moved to Portugal where he operated a seasonal Bar at Praia da Rocha on the Algarve until 2004, when he retired and went to live in Portimao. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Nalda, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
22 September 2011

Death: Stephen George Cavanagh 110627
Des Howse advises, with regret, the death of Stephen Cavanagh on 9 September 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Stephen joined the BSA Police in August 1978 and served until May when he left the force on pension and other benefits with the rank of Patrol Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
16 September 2011

Death: David Thomas Champion 5436
Margaret Schonfeldt, reports with great sadness the death of her father David Champion on 4 September 2011 in Alicante, Spain. David joined the BSA Police in January 1956 and served until November 1961 when he left the force, at his own request, with the rank of Detective in the CID. He had served in the Lowveld, Fort Victoria, Umtali and Marandellas, leaving the force from Salisbury. David was living in Spain at the time of his demise. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Susan, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
25 September 2011

August 2011 News

Death: Greg McManus
Ron Pilborough advises, with regret, the death of Greg McManus on 24 August 2011 in Aukland, New Zealand. Although Greg was not a former member of the BSA Police (he was in fact a member of the Northern Rhodesia Police), he did serve for many years as the Hon Secretary and Treasurer of the New Zealand Branch of the Regimental Association, of which he was an Associate Member. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 August 2011

The Transvaal Outpost Issue No 28 - 2/2011
Glen Macaskill has been hard at work with his latest edition of the The Transvaal Outpost for your reading pleasure. The Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association does have a page on this website.
27 August 2011


Death: Richard William Douglas 9890
Dick Glanville advises, with regret, the death of Richard Douglas on 22 June 2011 in Komatiepoort, South Africa. Richard joined the BSA Police in January 1977 and served in the Uniformed Branch. In August 1982 he left the Zimbabwe Republic Police, at his own request, with the rank of Section Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Alex, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
22 August 2011

Death: William Henry ‘Bill’ Royle 5634
Alastair Black advises, with regret, the death of Bill Royle on 18 June 2011 in Sale, United Kingdom. Bill joined the BSA Police in February 1957 and served until March 1967 when he left the force, at his own request, with the rank of Inspector. He had served mostly in Matabeleland. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Linda, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
22 August 2011

United Kingdom Outpost Edition No 78 - Summer
Mikle Abbotts offers his latest edition (Summer 2011 : Edition 78 ) of the The United Kingdom Outpost for your reading pleasure. Please note there has been a change in the Editor of the United Kingdom Outpost and this edition will be Mike's last. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Mike for his contribution to the web site over the years. The new Editor appointed is Hywell Parry-Jones (6609), known to most of you simply as Parry. We extend a warm welcome to Parry, who may be contact at his .
9 August 2011

Death: John Angus Hamilton Mackinnon 5877
Peter Bellingham advises, with regret, the death of John Mackinnon on 6 August 2011 in Harare, Zimbabwe. John joined the BSA Police in September 1958 and served mostly in the town branch during his early career. After being commissioned, John spent the latter part of his service in Matabeleland. In May 1983 he left the Zimbabwe Republic Police, on retirement, with the rank of Chief Superintendent. He joined the security sector, remaining in Zimbabwe. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
9 August 2011

Death: Philip Gordon Mingard 4521
The Natal Midlands Branch advises, with regret, the death of Phil Mingard on 31 July 2011 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Phil joined the BSA Police in December 1949 and was mostly involved with police administration during his career, starting off at Ordnance Stores, before moving to Bulawayo District HQ and thereafter Mashonaland Province. He was involved in police rugby administration and motor sport, being the stalwart of the BSA Police Car Club. Phil ended up in Police General Headquarters. He was commissioned in August 1968 and in July 1974 was appoint Assistant Commissioner and Senior Staff Officer (Administration). He served until August 1977, leaving the force on retirement. Phil was instrumental in the formation of the Natal Midlands Branch of the Association in 2000, and served as the first Chairman of the branch up until 2008. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Eve, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 August 2011

Book Review: Paul Naish on Blue and Old Gold
Paul Naish offers his review of Blue and Old Gold
01 August 2011

July 2011 News

Western Cape Outpost
Lawrie Mabin offers his latest edition (July 2011 : Edition 69 ) of the Western Cape Outpost for your reading pleasure.
27 July 2011

Death: Brian Kirkpatrick Wren 8160
Neville Spurr advises, with regret, the death of Brian Wren on 24 July 2011 in Gaborone, Botswana. Brian joined the BSA Police in December 1968 and served until December 1971, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Patrol Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 July 2011

Autumn Edition: Aussie Outpost
Kerry Hoadley offers his latest edition (Autumn Volume 12 Issue 3) of the Aussie Outpost for your reading pleasure.
19 July 2011

Death: Peter Hercules Palmer 10472
Tony Maycock advises, with regret, the death of Peter Palmer on 10 July 2011 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Peter joined the BSA Police in March 1978 and served until July 1981, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Patrol Officer. He was a member of the Mashonaland Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Allison, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
17 July 2011

Death: Michael John Peter ‘Mac’ McGuiness 5197
John Davey advises, with regret, the death of Mac McGuiness on 4 July 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa, following a brutal attack in his home. He was 78 years old. Mac joined the BSA Police in January 1954 and soon moved to the Criminal Investigation Department, serving in the Midlands. He received commendations for good work performed as a plain clothes police officer. Mac was a keen footballer and represented CID teams in the 1960s. He later transferred to the Special Branch. During the latter part of his service, Mac had been head of the Selous Scouts Liaison Officers staff – lesser known as “Z” Desk – and became deeply involved with military units and anti-terrorist intelligence work. Mac served until April 1980, leaving the force on retirement, with the rank of Chief Superintendent. He was highly respected by his subordinates. Mac was the recipient of the OLM, PMM and PLSM. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
The uniformed image above is a rare photograph of the late Mac McGuiness taken in 1975 on the occasion of his receiving his PMM.
17 July 2011

Death: Clive Richard Boddy 9463
Dick Glanville advises, with regret, the death of Clive Boddy on 5 June 2011 Harare, Zimbabwe. Clive joined the BSA Police initially as an National Serviceman (formerly NS900604) in July 1974 and served until December 1979, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Patrol Officer. He was a member of the Mashonaland Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
17 July 2011

Death: Gilbert Samuel ‘Bert’ Selley 4586
Alistair Black advises, with regret, the death of Bert Selley on 13 June 2009 in Dundee, Scotland, sad news, which only recently come to the notice of the UK Branch. Bert joined the BSA Police in March 1950 and served until March 1953, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Constable. He later joined the Kenya Police and was involved in operations against the Mau Mau, before returning to the United Kingdom, in 1964, and going into the security industry and thereafter studying for a degree at Dundee University and going into the Personnel business. Bert was a member of the United Kingdom Branch and also a member of the IPA. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our belated, but sincere, deepest sympathy.
17 July 2011

The Web Administrator has been away
Your Web Administrator has been away for a couple of weeks. This is just a quick note to explain the delay in getting some news items onto this page.

June 2011 News

A Southern Africa Re-Union
Seamus Power 6510/9097 writes to advise of the organisation of a re-union and remembrance parade in the southern African region to take place on 11 November 2011 in Grahamstown, South Africa. Seamus would like former members of the regular and reserve police to contact him and indicate their interest in such a Re-union. Contact on e-mail or, for those who are not on e-mail, his physical address at 101, Woodley Road, Plumstead, 7800 Capetown. If you follow-up on this Seamus would like you to answer provide the following information:

  • Force Number and name;
  • Would you like to attend a second function on the Sunday?
  • Would you prefer a bring and braai or catered braai?
  • Will you parade on Sunday?
  • Would you like a beret?
  • Who will accompany you?
  • Can you offer or do you need accommodation in or reasonably near Grahamstown?
  • Can you offer or do you need transport from A to B?
  • When you intend to arrive in Grahamstown.

18 June 2011

Death: Eric Donald Jones 4016
Mike Edden advises, with regret, the death of Eric Jones on 15 June 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. Eric joined the BSA Police in April 1946, traveling to Africa on the Alcantara Draft with some 90 other applicants. He served mostly in the Victoria Province and retired in June 1966, with the rank of Superintendent. After leaving the force, Eric undertook a course in teaching, in the United Kingdom and then returned to Rhodesia. He was at one time Town Treasurer in Fort Victoria, before emigrating to Australia. Eric was the recipient of the PMM in January 1971. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Annie, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
18 June 2011

Malawi Get Together
Athol Estment 8263 writes to advise of a recent gathering of former members in Malawi, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Const Hawken 6143 signing up at Police General Headquarters. Here they are photographed at a local restaurant.


From Left: Richard Mennel, Colin Campbell, Athol Estment, Tony Hawken, Allan Pitman, Stewart Michael
18 June 2011

Death: Arthur Bevan Whitechurch 4629
Alistair Black advises, with regret, the death of Bevan Whitechurch on 4 June 2011 in Lancaster, United Kingdom. Bevan joined the BSA Police in May 1950 and served until May 1953, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Constable. He went on to join the Nyasaland Police, serving in the Special Branch until 1960 when he joined the Federal Intelligence and Security Bureau (FISB). Bevan served in FISB during the rest of the Federal era. Following a short spell in South Africa he emigrate back to England. He was a member of the United Kingdom Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
14 June 2011

Death: Gerald Douglas ‘Jed’ Alderson 8511
Barry Henson advises, with regret, the death of Jed Alderson on 31 May 2011 in London, United Kingdom. Jed joined the BSA Police in September 1970 and served until September 1980, leaving at his own request, with the rank of D/Section Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Marian, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
4 June 2011

Death: Rory Campbell Wardlaw Milne 6064
John Robson (5905) advises, with regret, the death of Rory Milne on 24 April 2011 London, United Kingdom. Rory joined the BSA Police in August 1959 and served until August 1962, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Constable. He served mostly in the Town Branch. After leaving the force Rory went prospecting with Anglo American in Northern Rhodesia and also freelanced as a presenter with the Federal Broadcasting Corporation. He later worked with BAE and Bechtel in the Middle East, India and Far East. Rory attained a degree in geology in 2003 at Birkbeck College and was a volunteer researcher at the Natural History Museum, London. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
12 June 2011

Death: John William Fey 8572
Barry Woan advises, with regret, the death of John Fey on 31 March 2011 Swartberg, South Africa. John joined the BSA Police in January 1971 and served until December 1975, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Patrol Officer. John served in the Support Unit. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
12 June 2011

Natal Outpost Magazine June 2011: Edition 87
Trevor Dutton's latest edition of the Natal Outpost Magazine is available for your reading pleasure on the web site. This is an information packed edition, once again brimming with memories and well worth a read.
04 June 2011

May 2011 News

Death: David Elder 6942/8465
Karl Hurry advises, with regret, the death of Dave Elder on 23 May 2011 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Dave joined the BSA Police in May 1963 and served until December 1969, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Section Officer. During his service Dave was mostly Matabeleland based. In February 1969 Dave received a commendation for his part in the rescue of a person who fell, and was trapped, 70 feet down a mine shaft in the Colleen Bawn area. He re-joined the force in May 1970. Dave transferred to Staff Branch and was deployed to Gwelo and Redcliff in the Finance Section. He continued to serve until August 1983 within the Zimbabwe Republic Police, retiring with the rank of Superintendent. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
25 May 2011

Death: Patrick Davis Corry Caruth 6522
Alan Bennett advises, with regret, the death of Pat Caruth on 18 May 2011 at Howick, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Pat joined the BSA Police in November 1961 and served until June 1969, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Patrol Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
21 May 2011

Queensland Newsletter: May 2011
Mike Edden has sent in his May 2011 edition of the Queensland Newsletter for your reading pleasure.
21 May 2011

Book Reviews: Weapons of Mass Destruction - The Zimbabwe Connection by Harry Naismith
Book reviews on Harry Naismith's book have been included on the website. Please give Harry your support!
21 May 2011

Transvaal Outpost: March 2011 Posted to this Site
Glen McAskill has sent in his latest edition of the Transvaal Outpost for your reading pleasure. Another information pack edition worth a read. You may click on the link above or the image to the left. The Annual General Meeting of the Transvaal Branch was held on 11 February 2011 - the meeting is covered in this edition.
7 May 2011

Death: David Campbell Milne 6792/7510
Barry Henson advises, with regret, the death of Dave Milne on 1 May 2011 at Aylesford, Kent, United Kingdom. Dave joined the BSA Police in November 1962 and served for three years. He rejoined the force in January 1966 and served until September 1968 when he left with the rank of Patrol Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Berry, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
7 May 2011

United Kingdom: 2011 Braai - Newport, Shropshire
BSAP 2011 Braai will be held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, near Newport in Shropshire on Saturday 23rd July 2011. It is a new venue, which has been checked by the committee and should be eminently satisfactory. The site is set within beautiful wooded countryside in the Welsh Marches and 40 minutes drive from our memorial at Alrewas. The website is www.lilleshall.co.uk that will give you a great deal of information about the site and surrounding area.
The cost will be £25.00 per person for the braai. This is more expensive than we previously paid, but the accommodation available is far more reasonable. The menu is comprehensive, but we will not be able to braai our own boerewors, that will be done by the chef with the other meats.
Beds will be available for both Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd July. Bed and Breakfast per person per night is £39.00. There are a few twin rooms still available. First come, first served. The later you book, the less likelihood there will be of me being able to secure a room. There is a national training day for cheerleaders on at the same time, and they are also competing for rooms, but will not disturb our braai. There will be no objection to you finding alternative accommodation and only attend the braai, but you must register for that.
Lunch and dinner will be available in the restaurant at £9.60 and £11.50 per person. There is a good bar and we will have exclusive use of a large section of it. The bar prices are reasonable. There are also lunchtime snacks available at the bar for those who do not want to use the restaurant, and Parry Jones can confirm the quality and price of the snacks is excellent.
The braai will take the usual format with the Reunion Centre, adjacent to the bar, with its displays and memorabilia shop, being open from 10.30am, and the fire being started around 6.30 pm. The overall cost will be on a par with previous costs.
If you intend coming to the braai, send your application with a deposit of £20.00 per person. Cheques payable to BSAP Association. There will be no refunds once the bookings are made. Parry Jones will be accepting payments only for bed and breakfast, Friday night dinner, and the braai. Other meals/snacks will be at individuals own expense. SatNav users should use the postcode TF10 9LQ. If you wish to attend the Braai, please communicate with urgently.
1 May 2011

April 2011 News

Death: Ian Grant ‘Brick’ Bryson 9322
Doug Grierson advises, with regret, the death of Brick Bryson on 19 April 2011 at Ballito, South Africa. Brick had served in the Royal Navy during the latter part of the Second World War (British East Indies Fleet), following which he came to then Rhodesia to take up farming. His war service saw him in action in the Bay of Bengal, for which he was the youngest recipient of the Burma Star. He joined the Field Reserve of the Force in Wedza in 1956 and he was a member of VATS, the forerunner of PATU. Brick became a full time Reserve instructor in October 1967, being based in the Karoi District. He formally attested into the BSA Police as a ‘regular’ in October 1974 and resigned with the rank of Inspector(T) in December 1978. After leaving the force, he emigrated to South Africa and went into training in the security industry. Ian became an active member of the Natal Branch of Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Jenny, his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
24 April 2011

News Archives are Stored on Site
Readers may now access news items older than one year in the Web Site News Archive (see also link on the right).
18 April 2011

Death: James Oliver ‘Jimmy’ Watkins 4157
Doug Grierson advises, with regret, the death of Jimmy Watkins on 12 April 2011 at Cape Town (Claremont), South Africa. Jimmy joined the BSA Police in December 1946 after serving with the Rifle Brigade in North Africa and Italy in the Second World War. He spent much of his earlier service in Depot and is well remembered by many recruits who passed through his Law and Police lectures. Jimmy also served in Matabeleland and was at one time the Officer Commanding Victoria Province. He was awarded the Colonial Police Medal in 1965 and became Deputy Commandant Depot the following year. Shortly thereafter, in December 1966, he retired with the rank of Chief Superintendent. After leaving the force, Jimmy went into the insurance business and became an active member of the Regimental Association in Salisbury and later the Western Cape. He emigrated to South Africa in the early 1970’s and joined the South African Navy. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
18 April 2011

Death: Theunis Gert Coetzee 3905
Your web administrator advises, with regret, the death of Theunis Coetzee on 10 April 2011 at Harare, Zimbabwe. Theunis joined the BSA Police in August 1940 and served in the Midlands at Gwelo for several years, before transferring to the Criminal Investigation Department. He became an expert in the discipline of scenes of crime investigation specialising in fingerprints and photography. He attended most serious crime scenes in then Rhodesia during his tenure in office. He was promoted to Superintendent in July 1961 and the following year was awarded the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Theunis served until August 1964, retiring, with the rank of Chief Superintendent and then went into farming. He became and active member of the Police Reserve and was awarded the Medal for Meritorious Service in July 1979. Theunis was a member of the Mashonaland Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
17 April 2011

Death: Leon du Toit 6268
Garth von Horsten advises, with regret, the death of Leon du Toit on 11 April 2011 at Johannesburg, South Africa. Leon joined the BSA Police in January 1961 and served until July 1964, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Constable. He was a member of the Transvaal Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Merle, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
16 April 2011

Another Book: Weapons of Mass Destruction - The Zimbabwe Connection: by former member Harry Naismith 7795
Harry Naismith announces the publication of a his book (a Kindle Edition), Weapons of Mass Destruction - The Zimbabwe Connection which may be found on Amazon, if you follow the link, or click on the image. A fiction title, Amazon has the following product description, "The enigmatic David Bradley stumbles upon evidence suggesting the Zimbabwe authorities have become custodians of some of Saddam Hussein’s illusive weapons of mass destruction. Realising this, the Harare regime, desperate to protect its interests, puts a contract out on the potentially pernicious Bradley. The trail leads to Iraq where the entrepreneurial Bradley seeks to make ‘long bucks’ on a security contract which in fact has been orchestrated to lure him to his death. He survives two assassination attempts before goons from the Mahdi army finally corner him on a roof-top in the city of al Kut. The question is: can the Iraqi militants succeed where previously others have failed abysmally?"
9 April 2011

Scottish Gathering Newsletter
Steve Acornley and Nigel Seaward are working hard on the intended Scottish Gathering to be held on the 14 May 2011, 28 York Place, Edinburgh - their short newsletter is available for your reading pleasure.
9 April 2011

Western Cape Outpost March 2011 (Edition 68)
Lawrie Mabin, Editor of the Western Cape Outpost Magazine has sent in his latest edition for your reading pleasure. Lawries has produced another information packed, interesting edition. To read the magazine, please click on the image to the right. This will download a 3Mb PDF document, which you may read on your browser or save and read later in Adobe Reader (which has just released a free upgrade).
2 April 2011

March 2011 News

Former Members of the BSA Police: Whereabouts Now
The Web Administrator has recently analysed the nominal roll maintained by him and produced an analysis of where former members of the force are presently resident, according to their submissions via this website. You may view a few statistics or a histogram on this site. Clearly, these two documents do not indicate where all former members, who are still alive, are resident. There are a huge number of former members who have not become involved with Regimental Association membership or who are not on e-mail or browsing the web. Those with such status should be encouraged to register on the site... we want to know where you are and involve you with your former colleagues.
18 March 2011

Death: Anthony Howard ‘Parrot’ Neill 6749/7104/8330
Neville Spurr advises, with regret, the death of Howard Neil on 18 March 2011 at Cape Town, South Africa. He was born 1 August 1943 and attended St Georges College in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. Howard was one of the few officers to sport three force numbers. He first joined the BSA Police in September 1962, leaving a little earlier than his three, by purchase, but rejoined in May 1964. He served until November 1968 and then re-joined the force a third time in October 1969 and served until June 1976, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Inspector. He was stationed in the town branch, mostly in Bulawayo, and also served with Support Unit and at Police Driving School, Cranborne, before joining Staff Branch and doing time at Ordnance in Salisbury. After leaving the force, Howard eventually settled in Cape Town and was a supportive member of the Western Cape Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Sam, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
18 March 2011

Invitation to a Scottish Gathering
The United Kingdom Branch of the BSA Police Regimental Association extends a cordial invitation to all Association members and to former members of the British South Africa Police and Police Reserve, together with their wives or partners; to attend "A Scottish Gathering" from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 14th May 2011, at 28 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP. Please book with ; Telephone: 01506 466 593, OR ; Telephone: 01890 882 558
The venue,28 York Place (formerly The Police Club, Edinburgh), is opposite the Edinburgh Bus Station, in very easy walking distance of the heart of the City and Waverley Railway Station.
13 March 2011

Queensland Newsletter
Mike Edden has sent in his latest Queensland Newsletter (PDF Doc 55Kb) for your reading pleasure.
13 March 2011

Death: Ronald Charles Good 7460
Peter Phillips advises, with regret, the death of Ron Good on 25 February 2011 at Pool, Dorset, United Kingdom. Ron joined the BSA Police in October 1965 and served until April 1970, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Patrol Officer. He was last stationed at Salisbury Central. He was a member of the United Kingdom Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
4 March 2011

Death: Barrington Sinclair Earnest ‘Barry’ Bennett 6180
Graham de Wit advises, with regret, the death of Barry Bennett on 1 March 2011 at Pretoria, South Africa. Barry joined the BSA Police in July 1960 and served until December 1971, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Section Officer. He was mostly stationed in the town branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 March 2011

February 2011 News

Death: Ian Rule 6209
Peter Phillips advises, with regret, the death of Ian Rule on 22 February 2011 at Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom. Ian joined the BSA Police in September 1960 and served until August 1964, leaving at his own request, with the rank of Detective. He went into ranching in the south eastern Lowveld, which included a crocodile farming enterprise. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 February 2011

Death: Michael Edward Lindley 5312
Robin Harvey advises, with regret, the death of Mike Lindley on 12 February 2011 at New Ollerton, United Kingdom. Mike joined the BSA Police in December 1954 after having served for a period in the Metropolitan Police as a cadet. He was posted to Victoria Province where he served on various stations before returning to depot as an equitation instructor. Mike was later posted to the Midlands and was promoted to Inspector in 1966 taking command of Redcliff station at the time. Shortly thereafter he became involved with the administration of Police Reserve. He was commissioned in July 1973. Mike retired from the force in April 1978 with the Rank of Chief Superintendent. He went into the security consulting business in Bulawayo, before eventually emigrating to South Africa and later the United Kingdom. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Sara, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
12 February 2011

Death: Andrew Gilchrist Learmonth 5539
Dick Glanville reports, with regret, the death of Andrew Learmonth on 4 February 2011 in Benoni, South Africa. Andrew served in the BSA Police between September 1956 and December 1966. He was stationed mostly in Matabeleland (Town Branch) and left as a Section Officer. Andrew emigrated to South Africa in 1973 and became a member of the Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Gisella, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
5 February 2011

The Natal Outpost: February 2011| 86th EditionWe are pleased to bring yet another excellent edition of the Natal Outpost magazine to you, for your reading pleasure. This colourful edition brings you plenty of news from Natal, more on the BSAP Mature Members Club and some extracts from the first Outpost Magazine, which you will find of interest. Appreciation must go once again to Trevor Dutton for this fine publication. You may click on the image to download this edition, which is a PDF document of 3,8Mb.
4 February 2011

Death: John Dill Tedford 7217
Steve Acornley advises, with regret, the death of John Tedford on 2 January 2011 in Darwin, Australia. John previously served in the Northern Rhodesia Police before joining the BSA Police in December 1964. He was a district man for most of his career, stationed mostly in Matabeleland. He served until January 1981, when he retired with the rank of Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Christine, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 February 2011

The Last Parade: List of Attendees
Alan Toms writes to advise the the listing of members and guests who were in attendance at The Last Parade (25 July 2010 - National Memorial Arboretum, United Jingdom, has now been finalised for print. A copy of this listing may be found on this website link.
3 February 2011

Death: Michael Gordon Franklin 8709
Brian Godard advises, with regret, the death of Mike Franklin on 2 February 2011 in the United Kingdom. Mike served in the BSA Police between December 1971 and May 1982 when he retired with the rank of L/Inspector. He served in the Matabeleland districts before joining Support Unit. Mike was a keen tennis player and took part in force championships. He was a member of the Natal Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Janice, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 February 2011

Death: Anthony Michael Hubbard 4228
Peter Bellingham advises, with regret, the death of Tony Hubbard on 31 January 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. Tony was the son of a former member, William Hubbard (2029). He was born in Ndola and raised in the United Kingdom, before joining the Fleet Air Arm in 1943 and later the Royal Air Force. Tony joined the BSA Police in December 1947. His early service was in Matabeleland before his transfer to Staff Branch and to Manicaland. Tony was commissioned in 1963, while serving in the Midlands, and later transferred to PGHQ where he was Staff Officer responsible for Personnel, then Ordnance and finally Administration. He served until March 1973, retiring as a Chief Superintendent. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 February 2011

January 2011 News

Death: Iain William Penfold 6431
Barry Henson reports, with regret, the death of Iain Penfold on 23 January 2011 at Truro, United Kingdom. Ian served from July 1961 to July 1970 and left the force with the rank of Section Officer. He served much of his service in Manicaland district. Ian moved to Johannesburg and was a member of the Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association, before moving to Britain. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Grace, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
26 January 2011

Death: Terence Cottam 4346
Barry Henson reports, with regret, the death of Terence Cottam on 24 January 2011 at Auckland, New Zealand following a short illness. Terry served in the Palestine Police before joining the BSA Police in November 1948. He served for three years and left the force as a Trooper. Terry served in the Kent Constabulary before joining the Northern Rhodesia Police, where he served until 1961. He emigrated to New Zealand where he joined yet another force and served another 24 years in the police. He retired as a Detective Senior Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. He was a member of the New Zealand Branch of the Regimental Association and was on its inaugural committee. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Doris, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
26 January 2011

Death: Frank Stober 9324
Red O'Connell reports, with regret, the recent death of Frank Stober who died on 3 December 2010 at Harare, Zimbabwe following a spell in hospital. Frank Served in the BSA Police between October 1974 and June 1978 in the Technicians Branch, and left with the rank of L/Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
21 January 2011


Death: Michael John ‘Mike’ Tasker 6057
Red O’Connell advises, with regret, the death of Mike Tasker on 20 January 2011 at Marondera, Zimbabwe. Mike joined the force in August 1959 and served into the early 1980’s with the successor force, the Zimbabwe Republic Police. His early career in the force took him to Matabeleland on various stations and also with the Police Reserve. He retired with the rank of Chief Superintendent having been Officer Commanding Marondera District. After leaving the force Mike briefly served as a Prosecutor at the Magistrates Court in Marondera and later ran his own business. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Christine, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
21 January 2011

Lost Comrades
Out listing of lost comrades continues to build up. Please pop into the Lost Comrades pages at this link and see if there is anyone you know on the list for whom you have their latest contact details. The web administrator is particularly interest in e-mail contact addresses.
14 January 2011

Web Site Members Listings
The web administrator has been reviewing some of the entries on the Former Members' Listing on this site. There are a lot of out of date entries with redundant e-mail addresses. Members will be contacted in due course, but if their e-mail address are incorrect and they are recorded as bouncing on the database, those entries will be deleted. Please visit the page with your entry and check the details are correct. Send yourself a message!

14 January 2011

In Memoriam Page Updates
The In Memoriam pages of this web site have recently been updated.
14 January 2011

New Zealand Branch Launches its Web Page
The Web Administrator is please to advise that the New Zealand Branch had eventually opened their web page on this site and hopefully this will be point of contact for those resident in the region. Hon. Secretaries are requested to visit their own pages and ensure the information in current on these pages.
14 January 2011

BSA Police Regimental Association Centenary
The Centenary of the formation of the Regimental Association will be in 2013. The Chairman of the Australian Branch of the Regimental Association, Bob Gates (7045) has made a few suggestions concerning this anniversary. These evolve around a reunion of all members of the squads recruited and trained in 1963 - their 50th Anniversary of commencement of service. Obviously this is still in the melting pot, and other ideas for functions and venue would be welcome. Bob's communication can be seen at this link. I am sure all ideas would be welcome and should be put forward to your local Regimental Association Branch. In the interim, if you were a member of the force with a number between 6826 and 7049 in may be useful for you to register your details on the database for former members.
14 January 2011

Death: John Graham Weeks 7370
The Web Administrator regrets to advise the death of John Weeks who died in Mutare, Zimbabwe on 10th January. John was born in the United Kingdom and raised in then Umtali. He commenced his service in the Cadet Branch of the force. John served in the regular force between July 1965 and October 1969, when he left the service with the rank of Section Officer, his last posting being Member in Charge of Mbare Station. He went into the family business, in Mutare and has lived there ever since. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, June, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
14 January 2011

Death: Raymond Horace George Walker 4738
Barry Henson advises, with regret, the death of Raymond Walker, who died peacefully at his home in Swainsthorpe, United Kingdom on 21 December 2010. Ray served in the force between June 1951 and June 1961, retiring with the rank of Detective Sergeant. Few will know that Ray was a founder member of XB, the predecessor of Special Branch, at Railway Avenue in the 1950's. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
8 January 2011

Death: James Liddle McEwan 3974
Karl Hurry reports with regret the recent death of James McEwan in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. James served in the force, mostly in the districts, between April 1946 and May 1969 retiring as a Chief Inspector. He was awarded the CPLSM in July 1964, shortly after his promotion to Chief Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
8 January 2011

Death: David John Sloman 5695
Dick Glanville reports with deep regret the sad passing of Dave Sloman on 4 January 2011 in Johannesburg South Africa. Dave served in the BSA Police from April 1957 and continued his service into the Zimbabwe Republic Police, retiring with the rank of Ass. Commissioner in May 1983. He joined the plain-clothes branch early in his career, firstly as a member of the Criminal Investigation Department, serving mostly in the Matabeleland Province during his early service. Dave was also involved with Special Branch work at one time. He later transferred to CID Salisbury and served on a few divisions and suburban CID stations. During his service Dave was associated with a regional committee of the International Police Association. He was a supportive member of the Regimental Association and served as President of the Transvaal Branch for several years with great tact and dedication. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
4 January 2011
The Eulogy at David's funeral was written by Dave Blacker (5483) - delivered by Jock Pirrett (6610) - who had a few poignant points to say about both Dave and the BSA Police,
"Our personal relationship started in the BSA Police in Rhodesia and continued through the difficult transition to Zimbabwe and on to the present day.
There have been many police officers, less gentlemen and a very few who were both police officers and gentlemen but Dave was one of that rare breed.
At CID Headquarters he was my number two and I could not have had a fairer, more honest or stabilizing influence. The latter trait being a blessing with my volatile temper at times.
For people who were not part of the BSAP it is perhaps difficult to understand what a close knit fellowship we had and have maintained ever since, but pride bound us together and pride continues to bind our ever dwindling band. We bore together the trials and tribulations of a bush war in which the ability to depend on one another was so crucial and we could rely on the fact that if we were in dire straits, aid would be a certainty. We were one of the finest and most efficient police forces in the world with perhaps the only blot on our history being the Jameson Raid but I can vouch for the fact that neither Dave or I took part in that. On leaving a country we loved we all had to diversify into an alien world of commerce and industry but we brought with us a trait now so sadly lacking, integrity, and with it we adapted and again proved our worth. Despite all this we never lost our comradeship and the BSAP Regimental association flourished with Dave being a prominent and respected member.
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December 2010 News

Death: Edward Henry 'Ted' Fee 6550
Barry Henson advises, with regret, the death of Ted Fee in Wentworth, West Sussex, United Kingdom on 25 December 2010. Ted served in the BSA Police between December 1961 and July 1969, leaving the force as a Detective Section Officer. During his service in the force, Ted had been a keen footballer and represented the CID team at one stage. Following his service in the force, Ted ventured into the security business and was at one time involved with this work on diamond mines in Sierra Leone. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
31 December 2010

Death: Eric William Howard 10033
Ian Robas advises, with deep regret, the death of Eric Howard on Christmas day at Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa. Eric served in the force between April 1977 and December 1979. He was a member of the Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Charmaine, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
31 December 2010

News From Central
We welcome, once again, the latest edition of Peter Bellingham's News from Central, Edition No 97, July 2010. I understand that Peter suffered the theft of a computer on which he had compiled the initial version of this newsletter and as a result had to re-write the entire edition. Better luck next time Peter and we are sorry to hear of your loss. Click on the image to link to the newsletter.
24 December 2010

Matabeleland Outpost Magazine
Karl Hurry has produced his November edition of the Matabeleland Outpost for your reading pleasure on this web site. Another colourful and interesting presentation from the "Matabele boys" and well worth a read. Please click on the image to the right to get to the document.
21 December 2010

Transvaal Outpost: November 2010
We are delighted to add another edition of the Transvaal Outpost (November 12010 Issue 27-3) compiled and written by Glenn Macaskill. This edition is worth a read, it mentions hundreds of former members and contains lots of news. Please click on the image to the right...this is a 470kb sized PDF document. Happy reading.
19 December 2010

Mashonaland Branch Christmas Function
The Mashonaland Branch hosted a well attended Christmas braai luncheon for former members of the force, their wives and widows, and the Air Force on Saturday 11 December 2010 at the Mount Pleasant Sports Club, Harare. Everybody seemed to have enjoyed the day, ate well from an excellent braai, and partook in a bountiful raffle, thanks to the generosity of several donors. There is a photo collage (in pdf format 1,3Mb) available to visitors by clicking on this link.
12 December 2010

"Aussie Outpost" - Spring/Summer Edition 2010
Kerry Hoadly recently sent in his Aussie Outpost (Volume 12 Issue 2) for publication on the site. The Australian Branch of the Regimental Association maintains a page on this site. Those wishing to write to Kerry Hoadly, the Editor, may contact . Click on the image or the link above for access.
11 December 2010

"Brothers in Blood"
Ken Farnsworth (110949) has recently had his book 'Brothers in Blood' published by Sable Publishing House and available on leading internet book selling sites. The title is fiction based on his experiences during the Rhodesian war. The web administrator is still awaiting a copy for review.
11 December 2010

Eastern Cape Newsletter - December 2010
Rob Clarke send in a brief account of the recent Christmas lunch function held by the Eastern Cape Branch in Port Elizabeth along with a couple of images of members. Please click on the link above.
10 December 2010

Queensland Newsletter - November 2010
Mike Edden has kindly sent in another tome for your reading pleasure. This edition of the Queensland Newsletter has a couple of articles, which Mike wrote for the Outpost, back in 1969, following his Zambezi River canoe trip the prior year. Thus far we have received three submissions from Mike for inclusion on the web site. Please see Part Two here, and Part Three here. Well worth a read, for a few nostalgic moments.
10 December 2010

November 2010 News

Death: Peter Wallace Richmond 'Tickie' Woods 4317
Barry Henson advises, with regret, the death of Tickie Wood in Bethlehem, New Zealand on 1 November 2010. Tickie served in the BSA Police between November 1948 and March 1972, retiring as a Chief Inspector. He was born in India and did army service with the Royal Hampshire Regiment before joining the BSA Police. His early career was served mostly in Matabeleland Province and, following a spell with Highway Patrol, he was member in charge of some of the smaller town police stations in Rhodesia. Tickie was a keen golfer and shottist and will be remembered for his incredible humour and wonderful character. Tickie's son Huw (110760) was also a member of the force. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
22 November 2010

Oral History Project: Why did you fight? Narratives of Rhodesian identity during the insurgency 1972-1980
Dr Sue Onslow and Dr Anne Berry have finalised their report on the Oral History Project which included extensive interviews of former members of the BSA Police. The project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and carried out by the University of the West of England, Bristol. Dr Onslow, has kindly granted permission for this site to carry the report.
19 November 2010

Death: Brian Reginald Stevenson-Baker PMM 6441
Barry Henson reports the sad news of Brian Stevenson-Baker's death in London, United Kingdom on 16 October 2010. Brian served in the BSA Police between July 1961 and August 1983, retiring as a Chief Superintendent. Brian saw most of his service in the Criminal Investigation Department, by and large in the Salisbury and Mashonaland areas, from 1965 and was a well respected detective. At one stage, Brian had been a keen footballer and represented CID teams as a goal keeper and he was a leading figure in the Salvation Army. In July 1979 Brian was the recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
19 November 2010


Model of BSA Police Trooper

Model Trooper
Richard Pike (8745) has been working furiously to complete, what appears to be , a rather good model of a BSA Police Trooper, which he intends to sell as a model kit leading up to Christmas. For those of you who are keen on modelling, here is a wonderful gift which will no doubt bring back plenty of memories and definately be a great talking point when displayed proudly on your mantlepiece!

The model, in resin (with lance in white metal), will stand about 260mm in height (horse and lance) and is, apparently, quite easy to construct. You will need paint and brushes, perhaps a steady hand too. Richard has indicated that he would be happy to build and paint models for a fee, for those without the skills. Indicative price for former members and other Rhodesian Forces will be £59.

Richard would like to get an order list together from former members and resquests those interested to contact him soon by .

I am sure many former members will remember the magnificent model of a trooper which used to be on display in the pub of the old Enkeldoorn Hotel.
12 November 2010

BSA Police Logo Origins and the Banner Confusion
Will Cornell (6388) sent in a document from the November 1960 Outpost Magazine concerning the origins of the BSA Police colours and crest and the confusion over the description of the Banner. For those interested there is a small PDF document which details the origins of the BSA Police logo/crest and the banner.
12 November 2010

Death: William McPherson 'Bill' Cumming 6816
Red O'Connel reports, with regret, the death of Bill Cumming, who died in Harare, Zimbabwe on 6 November 2010, while visiting on holiday. Bill was normally resident in the United Kingdom. Bill served from December 1962 to July 1968. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Sioux, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
10 November 2010

Eastern Cape News
Rob Clarke sent in his Eastern Cape Newsletter recently for publication on the site. Those wishing to write to the Secretary Eastern Cape Branch may contact . Click on the image or the link above for access. See the Eastern Cape Branch page for contact details.
7 November 2010


Death: Alexander Anderson 'Alec' Blair 4631
Barry Henson reports the sad news of the death of Alec Blair, who died in Calgary, Canada on 3 November 2010. Alex served from May 1950 to December 1975, retiring with the rank of Assistant Commissioner. Alex was born in Scotland and served in the Edinburgh City Police and the Royal Navy before joining the BSA Police. During his early career, Alex was a keen shottist and represented the force in various competitions. He was commissioned in January 1966, the first awarded after UDI. He joined the TA Group, in Rhodesia after his retirement and was for a long time a member on the Mashonaland Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Rita, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
7 November 2010

Queensland Newsletter: July 2010
A short while ago, Mike Edden sent in his interesting Queensland Newsletter for July. My apologies to Mike for the delay in getting it onto the web page. This edition is certainly worth a read and covers much of Mike's experiences during his recent trip to the United Kingdom to attend the unveiling of the memorial to the BSA Police. If you want to contact Mike, I am sure he would appreciate a note, please contact .Click on the image or the link above for access. See the Queensland Branch page for contact details.
7 November 2010

Western Cape Branch Outpost: November 2010
Lawrie Mabin has just sent in the November 2010 (Edition 67) Western Cape Outpost magazine for inclusion on your web site. As usual, a well presented and information packed edition for your reading pleasure. These magazines play an important roll in networking former members of the force. Those wishing to support or contribute to the Western Cape Outpost or simply chat to the editor may contact . Click on the image or the link above for access. See the Western Cape Branch page for contact details.
3 November 2010

October 2010 News

Death: Bruce Wallace 5327
Tony Walker reports, with regret, the death of Bruce Wallace in Redhill, United Kingdom on 13 October 2010. Bruce served from February 1955 to July 1956, leaving with the rank of Constable. Previously he had been a member of the Royal Rhodesian Airforce. His father was 'Chick' Wallace CPM, a Senior Superintendent in the Northern Rhodesia Police, and former member of the BSA Police . Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
17 October 2010

All Forces Chrismas Party - Johannesburg Area
Saturday 4 December 2010 has been set aside for an All Forces Christmas Party in Kempton Park at Ollies Pub and Grill, for those former members of the BSA Police in the area interested please contact
17 October 2010

Natal Midlands Annual Lunch
The Natal Midlands will hold its Annual Lunch on Sunday 7th November - for further details, those wishing to attend may contact
17 October 2010

Death: Charles Hamilton Kydd 10529
Dick Glanville reports, with regret, the death of Charles Kydd in Johannesburg on 11 October 2010. Charles served from April 1978 to December 1979, leaving by purchase with the rank of Patrol Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

17 October 2010

Death: Hubie Van Niekerk 8066R
Rob Clarke reports, with regret, the death of Hubie Van Niekerk in Port Elizabeth on 6 October 2010. Hubie served in the Police Reserve, mostly in Bulawayo, from 1958. He was an active member of the Eastern Cape branch and was awarded life membership of that branch in recognition of his services to the branch. He was also an active MOTH. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife, Yvonne, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
17 October 2010

The Natal Outpost Magazine
Trevor Dutton has excelled once more in the production of the latest edition of the Natal Outpost. This magazine edition has some interesting content, including the first published link to the video clip below from an Outpost Magazine. Trevor sends a good number of electronic editions to members of his branch, the recipients of which shall be able to click directly to this page. Click on the image to the right for access to the newsletter, or simply use the link above. The short video of the 'Last Parade' was captured by Will Cornell, who has kindly allowed its display on the website, via the Natal Outpost Magazine.
You may also download this clip -> DOWNLOAD (you should be given the option to play with your media player or just download the file - 5Mb)


5 October 2010


Kiwi Outpost Magazine - May 2010
Steve McIntosh-Dona, Editor of the Kiwi Outpost Magazine, has kindly sent us a copy of the May 2010 Edition for your reading pleasure. This is another superb publication from one of your Outpost editors, packed full of news and images, and most certainly worth more than a browse. Please click on the image to the right to access the magazine, which is in pdf format.
2 October 2010


Zimbabwe Pensioners' Support Fund
The Zimbabwe Pensioners' Support Fund (ZPFS) has been officially registered as a Non Profit Organisation in South Africa and as a Public Benefit Organisation with SARS, the South Africa tax authority.


Zimbabwe Pensioners' Support Fund warehouse preparations for a trip

The ZPFS has been activiely distributing good to destitute pensioners in Zimbabwe. An appeal and a report on a recent trip to Zimbabwe may be located on the site.
2 October 2010


Ten Year Service Medals
Peter Bellingham advises that since he commenced the exercise to collect 10 Year Service Medals from PGHQ and dispatch them, via branches, to the members concerned, he has been receiving requests from members for 15 year Service Medals and for RGSMs. Some enquiries about 10 Year Service Medals are being received from former members who do not appear on the 3 lists of Medal Recipients that were circulated to All Branches, and which have been posted on the BSAP Web Site. PGHQ advise that they have no other unclaimed medals of any former BSA Police members. If any members from branches wish to pursue their claims for medals, then I suggest that they write to PGHQ to claim their medals. If sufficient numbers of ex members do this, then PGHQ might, decide to have new medals minted. Peter thinks that this is unlikely.
2 October 2010

September 2010 News

Death: David Luscombe 9486
Barry Henson reports, with regret, the death of Dave Luscombe, a member of the United Kingdom Branch. Dave, who was not married, had been suffering with cancer for some time and died on 10 September 2010 at Plymouth, United Kingdom. He served from November 1975 to May 1982, mostly in the districts, leaving with the rank of Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
20 September 2010

Occupation of Mashonaland Album on Sale at Christies
A copy of the photo album “Occupation of Mashonaland” by W. Ellerton Fry is to be auctioned at Christies, South Kensington, London on 23rd September 2010 with proceeds going to the BSAP Memorial Fund. The volume, believed to be one of only 12 produced, contains 156 photographs taken of the progress of the Pioneer Column from Macloutsie to Fort Salisbury. The catalogue can be viewed online at Christies Auctions
6 September 2010

Death: Ronald Underwood 4225
Fred Mason reports, with regret, the death of Ronald Underwood on 31 August 2010 in Margate, South Africa. Ronald saw active service during the Second World War with the Royal Air Force and, after the war, joined the BSA Police in September 1947. He saw some service in the Midlands, before electing to move to Staff Branch. Ron was a keen tennis player and involved himself in its organisation within police circles. He retired in October 1970, while serving as Staff Officer Finance, in the rank of Chief Superintendent. Ronald was a member of the Natal Branch of the Regimental Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
9 September 2010

National Service Intake History and Re-union
National Service Intake 146 (5 June 1975 to March 1977) wishes to contact all those who were called up for National Service at that time in the armed forces, particularly those in the BSAP. A Reunion and publication "The Forever Boys" is planned and your attendance at the reunion; and contributions to the book, will be greatly appreciated. Please contact ; or to get listed and to receive regular updates.
6 September 2010

August 2010 News

Death: Cyril Barnard Turner 3667
Barry Henson reports, with regret, the death of Cyril Turner on 21 January 2010 in his home town of Dawlish, Devon. Cyril served as a Trooper in the BSAP from April 1937 to April 1939. He left and joined the Army, eventually attaining the rank of Major. In 1966 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
26 Augut 2010


Transvaal Outpost Magazine Issue No. 27-2 (August 2010)
Glenn Macaskill's August edition of the Transvaal Outpost magazine became available during my absence. This edition has an editorial by Dave Sloman and is packed full of news from the branch. Just click on the image to the right. Older versions of the Transvaal Outpost may be read on the Transvaal Branch page on this website.
26 Augut 2010

Death: Robin Williamson 4956
Barry Henson reports the death, with regret, of Robin Williamson on 14 August 2010 at Heywards Heath, Sussex, United Kingdom. Robin was a member of Squad 15/1952 and served from July 1952 to July 1954. He later joined the Nyasaland Police. Robin was not a member of the Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
23 August 2010

Death: David Phillip Harley 7000
John Seward advises with regret that David Phillip Harley Reg died as a result of a brain tumour on 18 August in Melbourne, Australia. Dave joined the Force on 5 September, 1963, following a short period as a cadet, and served for three years leaving with the rank of Patrol Officer. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force and passed out as a pilot officer serving in Transporter aircraft including the Hawker Siddley HS748 and later the Hercules C130. He later went into the commercial airline business and subsequently operated his own property settlement business. He was a member of the Australia branch of the BSAP Regimental Association. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
20 August 2010


United Kingdom Outpost Issue No. 75 (Summer)
We are delighted to include the latest edition of the United Kingdom Outpost (issue No. 75 - Summer 2010), compiled and written by Mike Abbotts, for your reading pleasure. The is a very full edition and carries a full report on the activities of the weekend 24-26 July 2010 at both the Rutland Braai and the Unveiling Ceremony at the National Aboretum near Litchfield. We are missing edition 74, which had been printed incorrectly to a PDF document, and will include this when the corrected version becomes available. Older versions of this newsletter can be found on the United Kingdom Branch page.
20 August 2010


Death: Harold Aspinall Wright 7597/8886
Fred Punter reports, with regret, the death of Harold Wright on 7 August 2010 at Keynsham, United Kingdom. Harold served from May 1966 to August 1971, then re-attested in December 1972, he retired in the rank of Inspector in July 1982. He was not a member of the Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Fay, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
15 August 2010

Death: David John Marks 6342
Barry Henson reports, with regret, the death on 18 May 2010, of David Marks, a member of the United Kingdom Branch, following a short illness. David served from March 1961 to March 1964, leaving as a Constable. He spent most of his service in Salisbury South. After leaving the force he joined the insurance industry and was an active member of the Western Cape Branch, before moving to the United Kingdom. He retired to South Africa. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Diana, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
5 August 2010

JuLY 2010 News

Death: Felix Johannes Joseph Kuttner 6569
Peter Bellingham reports, with the deepest regret, the death of Felix Kuttner who was tragically killed on 28 July 2010, following a road traffic accident between Triangle and Chiredzi. Felix was born in Bulawayo and educated at Plumtree School. He joined the force straight from school and served mostly in the Lowveld from January 1962 until April 1980, when he retired holding the rank of Superintendent. Felix had been a force champion tennis player. He was the Group Security Officer with Triangle Limited at the time of his death. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
31 July 2010

Death: Lynn Andrew Carlisle 6235
Dick Glanville advises with regret, the death in Johannesburg of Lynn Carlisle on 19 July 2010. Lynn served from December 1960 to March 1966, mostly in small Midland towns, before leaving as a Patrol Officer. He settled in Durban and was a member of the Natal Branch of the Regimental Association. Dave joined the Transvaal Branch in 1980. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
22 July 2010

Death: Douglas Harold Lyon PR6477 - Air Wing
John Seward reports the sad passing of Douglas Lyon on 17 of July 2010, at the age of 88 years, in Mandurah, Australia. Doug suffered a stroke about 7 years ago and was wheelchair bound and as time went by he became very frail. He was a prominent farmer in the Glendale/Bindura area and at one time was President of the Cotton Growers Association of Rhodesia and also a prominent member of the Rhodesia Farmers Union. He joined the revitalised Police Reserve at its inception in 1954 and due to his war service with the Royal Air Force joined the Air Wing from 1968 and played a prominent part in the Mazoe Flight. He and his wife Nancy - also a WFR - retired in the 80's to Mundaring and later due to Doug s illness to a retirement home in Mandurah. Doug was also a prominent member of the Rhodesian Association of Western Australia and at one time served as Chairman of its Madalas section for three years. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
18 July 2010

Death Allen Day 4041
Rod Wilson reports the recent death of Allen Day died in Morecambe, United Kingdom 12 July 2010, following a stroke at the age of 88 years. Allen served in the Navy during the Second World War and was one of the first onto the beaches in Normandy on 'D' Day where he was engaged in beach clearance operations. He joined the force in June 1946, and after doing his three he left to enter the commercial world in Central Africa, at one time being based in Limbe, Malawi. It was Allen Day who formed the North West Group of the United Kingdom Regimental Association. He had a clear memory and quite often could put members right on various questions. Allen is survived by two daughters, one living in Johannesburg and the other in New York. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
14 July 2010

Death: Shane Reese 4267
Malcolm Reese reports the death of his father, Shane Reese, on 23 June 2010 at Runcorn, United Kingdom. Shane served in the force from May 1948 to November 1960, retiring with the rank of Staff Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

12 July 2010

Death: Brian Williams 10231
Dick Glanville reports the death of Brian Williams on 8th July 2010 in Johannesburg after a struggle with cancer. Brian served in the force from January 1977 to October 1979, leaving 'by purchase' with the rank of Patrol Officer. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
12 July 2010

Death: Lance Christopher Jamison Abel 7537
Doug Grierson reports the recent death of Lance Able who died 18 June 2010 at Hastings in New Zealand, following an illness. Lance was born in Bulawayo in July 1942 and joined the BSA Police in March 1966. He served until January 1970, when he left of his own request and later joined the Rhodesian Airforce. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Jane, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
10 July 2010

Death: John Franklyn Bellamy 3005
It is with sincere regret that Barry Henson reports the death of Franklyn Bellamy, who died, peacefully in his sleep, during the night 30 June/1 July 2010 at Holsworthy, Devon in the United Kingdom. Franklyn was born in January 1908 and joined the force March 1928. He served 21 years in the force retiring in May 1949 with the rank of Sub Inspector. Just two years ago, Franklyn had celebrated his 100th birthday on which occasion he received a card from Her Majesty the Queen. He was the oldest member of the Regimental Association, world wide and was an Honoury Life Member of the United Kingdom Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
1 July 2010

June 2010 News

Death: Russell Hugh Langley 5742
Tony Down reports the recent death, on 4 June 2010 of Russell Langley in Port Alfred following a period of ill health. Russell served in the force between August 1957 and March 1962, leaving as a Constable. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
25 June 2010

Death: Alan Peter Stock 6063
Brian Hodson reports, with great sadness, the death of Alan Stock at St Wilfred's Hospice, Eastbourne on 20 June 2010, following a period of ill health. Alan was born in Bristol, England in June 1937. He did his national service in the RAF at Cranwell and joined the BSA Police in August 1959, aged 22 years. He served several years in Salisbury, before taking up the Editorial position on Outpost, for which he was well known. As Editor, Alan did a brief two year foray in PATU in the early 1970s. He retired with the rank of Chief Inspector on medical grounds after 25 years service in August 1984. Alan ventured into technical journalism with Argosy Press, Thompson Publications until 1989, when he joined British High Commission in Harare as the locally employed commercial officer. He served the High Commission for 9 years, returning to technical journalism in 1998. Alan also worked as the site manager at the Arundel Shopping Centre during construction. He made a 'medical and economic' retreat to United Kingdom in February 2005, settling in Eastbourne. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Colleen, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
The Funeral Service for the late Alan Stock will be held on Friday, 2nd July 2010 at 2:30pm at The Holy Rood Roman Catholic Church, Castle Drive, Pevensey Bay BN24 6JY followed by a private cremation.
25 June 2010

Web Administrators Newsletter
For those who may not have received the Web Administrators Newsletter sent to all former members listed on his database, there is a copy available here. If you have not received this newsletter by e-mail, then your e-mail address listed with the Web Administator is wrong, or your local ISP is blocking you mail from legitimate mailing lists. You may register a change of address at this link. Of the 1,400 odd mails sent out some 39 addresses 'bounced'. You may see the listing of recently bounced address here.
20 June 2010


The Return of OB Extracts
We are delighted to advise of the return of OB Extracts, kindly suppied by Fred Mason (5934) from Hillcrest - Natal Branch. A special thanks should be extended to Fred who has not been too well lately, but happily reports he has returned to parade, but still in the 'medicine and duty' line. The full PDF document may be obtained by clicking on the image to the right.
17 June 2010

Matabeleland Annual Dinner
Karl Hurry reports a very successful Annual Dinner function of the Matabeleland Branch on 11 June 2010, attended by guest speaker, Mr GWG 'Bill' Ellway (4728). Pictured right are standing: Karl Hurry (9499) and Tony Turner (C1231); and seated: Bill Ellway and Ken MacDonald (5247). There is a group photograph on the Matabeleland Branch page.
17 June 2010

What is happening on Social Networks?
A couple of new groups have been set up in Facebook, which is a social networking site. The most recent to be set up is the BSAP RA Rhodesian Section, by Duncan Waugh (9790) and is targeted at, lets call them, the younger set of former members who served the Republic, rather than the Crown. Duncan has emphasized that this is not a break away initiative, but rather a section intent on recruiting younger members into the formal Association structures. There is also a Support Unit Group now operational on Facebook. You will find 55 and 125 members respectively here that you may network with. The Original BSAP Group is still functional and boasts 615 members. Social networking is not for everyone, and we would encourage people not to disclose too much of their private information on these networks. The e-mail based discussion groups are still running and remain a popular place for current exchange of information about former members, not to mention the banter. The History Group remains relatively active, and generally very interesting.
16 June 2010

The Matabeleland Outpost Magazine
Karl Hurry, Editor of the Matabeleland Outpost has sent in his second edition, dated April 2010, for your reading pleasure. The Matabele are alive and well. There was a quality issue on the lower resolution scan of this newsletter, so the download is large. If you are having trouble reading these PDF documents, please look for Adobe Reader it is a free download for this format. Please click on the image to the right to read the newsletter.
16 June 2010

Ten Year Service Medals
Peter Bellingham has provided his third list of Zimbabwean Ten Year Service Medal recipients, whom we are trying to locate. If you know any of the members listed on the page linked (please click on the image to the right), and are in contact with them, please advise Peter and provide their present residential addresses and telephone numbers. Depending upon the success of this operation, PGHQ will probably give Peter details of other medals that they hold, so this could be an ongoing exercise. Contact .
Please note: Peter will only handle enquiries concerning those listed below. He has been inundated with requests to find RGSM etc., which is just not possible in the circumstances. PGHQ will not entertain hundreds of enquiries for medals. Further listings will be forthcoming in due course.
15 June 2010



The Natal Outpost Magazine - June 2010
Trevor Dutton's Natal Outpost magazine has just come in for your reading pleasure. Lots of fresh information and colourful pictures. Please click on the image to the left to access this document in PDF format (3Mb). This format is proving popular and many visitors to the site are downloading the newsletters.
12 June 2010



The Cape Outpost Magazine June 2010
Lawrie Mabin, Editor The Cape Outpost magazine, has presented his latest edition for June 2010 which may be read on this site. More news on activities in the Western Cape and news from around the world, with lots of familiar faces.
12 June 2010


Death: David Callow 6468
Fred Mason reports with regret the death of Dave Callow who died on 2 June 2010 at Port Shepstone, South Africa. Dave had served in the BSA Police between August 1961 and May 1982. He retired as a Chief Inspector, while serving with the Support Unit. He was an active member of the Regimental Association and the force behind the operation of the 'Margate Station' of the Natal Branch. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Penny, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 June 2010


Aussie Outpost Magazine - Summer/Autumn 2010
Kerry Hoadley, Editor Aussie Outpost, has presented his latest edition for Summer/Autumn 2010 which may be read on this site. You may click on the image to the right to access this newsletter.
3 June 2010


Death: Stephen Geoffrey 'Geoff' Lloyd 8165/8856
Dick Glanville, Hon. Secretary Transvaal Branch, reports with regret the death of Geoff Lloyd who died on 1 June 2010 at Johannesburg in South Africa. Mike had served two 'stints' in the BSA Police between January 1969 and May 1980. He retired with the rank of Inspector. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
3 June 2010

May 2010 News

Death: Michael William Taylor 10317
Dick Glanville, Hon. Secretary Transvaal Branch, reports with regret the death of Mike Williams who died on 26 May 2010 at Edenvale, Johannesburg in South Africa. Mike had served in the BSA Police between January 1978 and January 1981. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Susan, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
27 May 2010

Ten Year Service Medals
Peter Bellingham, Secretary Central Advisory Committee, advises that Zimbabwe Republic Police General Headquarters have confirmed that they hold Ten Year Service Medals for former members. Since this is an ongoing exercise a special page has been opened for this purpose. Please click on the link in the text.
19 May 2010

Queensland Newsletter: May 2010
Mike Edden has just sent in his May Newsletter for your reading pleasure.
18 May 2010

Death: James Desmond Dooge Cave 3531
Barry Henson, Hon. Secretary United Kingdom Branch, reports with regret the death of Jim Cave who died on 15 May 2010 at Kingstone, Surrey in the United Kingdom. Jim had served in the BSA Police between January 1936 and December 1939. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
17 May 2010

Death: David Ranleigh Hounsfield 4642
Rob Clark, Hon.Secretary Eastern Cape Branch, reports the death of David Housfield on 7 May 2010 at Port Elizabeth. David joined the BSA Police in July 1950 and served until August 1962, leaving as a Station Sergeant. After leaving the force, Dave emigrated to South Africa, settling in Port Elizabeth, where he ran his own estate agency. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
9 May 2010

Squad 1/1960 Reunion
Brian Pym (6123) advises that his recruit squad enjoyed a successful reunion in April, held at the Clouds Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa. In attendance were Roy Edwards (6117), Pat Keyser (6118), Dave Parry (6120), Mike Harvey (6121), Dick Evans (6122), Brian Pym (6123), John Thatcher (6126), Ken Keens (6129) together with their respective wives / partners.
Sadly two members of the Squad had since passed on, namely John 'Stork' Burbridge (6119) and Neville Eva(6124), both of whom were remembered during the course of the proceedings, as were those unable to attend – Mike Horner (6125), Errol Cunningham (6127), Brian Jeoffreys (6128), and Randy Symmons (6130).


Dave Parry, Ken Keens, Dick Evans, Brian Pym, Mike Harvey, Pat Keyser, Roy Edwards.
Inset: John Thatcher

The 'squad' gathered at the Kirstenbosch Gardens, later enjoyed a lunch on the V&A Waterfront and attended an informal braai during the evening. The following day it was wine tasting, a picnic at Boschendal Estate with a formal dinner to follow in the evening.
2 May 2010

Death: Norman Peter Nimmo 7530
It is with great regret we advise the death of Norman Nimmo who was killed in a road traffic accident near White River, South Africa on 3 May 2010. Norman served in the force between February 1966 and September 1978, mostly in Salisbury Province, ending his service as an Inspector in the Crime Prevention Unit.He spent a couple of years, post service in Triangle, before emigrating to South Africa, working in the Tranvaal and Natal Provinces in security related business. In recent years Norman played a pivotal role in the support of Zimbabwean Pensioners through the Zimbabwe Pensioners' Support Fund. He made several trips to Zimbabwe to donate food to those in need. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Pam, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
4 May 2010

Death: William Anderson 'Bill' Earle 3921
Barry Henson, Hon. Secretary United Kingdom Branch, announces, with regret, the death of Bill Earle on 1 May 2010 at Cirencester, United Kingdom. Bill served in the BSA Police between March 1946 and December 1966, retiring with the Rank of Staff Inspector. He spend most of his service involved with police equestrian duties and was a member of the Sovereign's Escort to the Royal Family in 1947. He was involved in equestrian sports and displays during most of his career. Bill later settled in Cape Town where he continued to work with animals, this time in the SPCA. He served on the Western Cape Regimental Association committee as Chairman. He was awarded the CPLSM in July 1964. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Helga, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
2 May 2010

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