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Books Much has been written about the BSA Police in the history of the nation once known as Rhodesia. This section provides a selection of books:
Obituary: Rodney Norton Finnigan 5917
Rob Bristow
It is with sincere regret that we learned of the recent death of Rod Finnigan who passed away on 28 August 2018 at his home in Harare. He was born 3 October 1936 in Gosport, Hampshire and raised in the Portchester area. After his schooling, Rod joined the Portsmouth City Police as a Cadet officer and then joined and served with the Royal Military Police.
He travelled to Southern Africa on the Athlone Castle in November 1958 and attested into the BSA Police in December, joining Squad 10/1958 for training. In February 1959, Rod was dispatched from Depot with the Nyasaland Contingent to assist in the maintenance of law and order in the Nyasaland protectorate during the unrest there.
After Depot, he was posted to stations in Salisbury Urban including Harare station when he became very involved in police football and darts. Rod later managed police football teams, such as the Salisbury Province XI, during his service. He had other interests including coin collecting (numismatics), military badges and medals. He took an early interest in the International Police Association (IPA – Rhodesian Section) and became its ‘Hobbies’ Secretary a little later in his service.
Rod’s first promotion was in July 1962 to Sergeant. He married Laura May Moffat at a ceremony in Salisbury in September 1966 and they had their first son, Rodney in 1967. Patricia Ann was born to the couple in November 1970. Rod was promoted to Inspector at about the same time and took over as Member in Charge Braeside station when promoted.
He was commissioned as a Superintendent in 1976 and was transferred to Gwelo in the Midlands. Rod stayed on and served in the successor force, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, and was transferred to Bulawayo, where he took up the post of Officer Commanding, on promotion to Chief Superintendent in 1981. Rodney returned to Harare where he took up a post at Police General Headquarters in the offices of the Senior Staff Officer Training.
He retired from the Force on 30 April 1984 after 25 years of loyal and dedicated service. Rod went into the risk management business and worked for a leading hotel group in Harare. During his service, he was awarded the Police Long Service Medal (PLSM) in March 1977 and is also the recipient of the Rhodesian General Service Medal, Zimbabwe Independence Medal and the Zimbabwe Loyal Service Medal.
Rodney was an extremely supportive member of the Regimental Association in Harare, and for a long time served on the Central Advisory Committee (the predecessor of the Regimental Association's Constitutional College). Following the demise of Bill Ellway, Rodney became President of the Regimental Association, from which he gracefully stepped down following the restructuring of the Regimental Association in 2017. He took up the Editorship of the Mashonaland Branch Newsletter and joined the Mashonaland Branch Committee.
Rodney shall be sadly missed by his former colleagues and friends and we extend our very sincere condolences to Laura and the family who shall remain in our thoughts.

Andrew Field 8646
25 August 2018


ADF 8646
25 August 2018

Forthcoming Functions


Date
Function
Venue
Branch
22 September 2018 at 18.00hrs for 18:30hrs
Annual Regimental Dinner Westlake Golf Club - Contact Hon. Sec. Neville Spurr for details Western Cape
Previously set for 22 September 2018
Annual Regimental Dinner PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SUPPORT Western Cape
24 September 2018 at 12.00
Annual Lunch To be advised Kwa-Zulu Natal
28 September 2018
Regimental Dinner Carisbrooke Hall, Victory Services Club, London, Seymour Street, London W2 2HF
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United Kingdom
Sunday 14 October 2018. Commencement 12noon for 1300hrs
Transvaal Association Annual Luncheon Injabulo Room, Indaba Hotel, Fourways. Contact Transvaal
1 December 2018 at 12.00hrs
Annual Christmas Spit Braai Timour Hall Villa, Timour Hall Road, Plumstead, Cape Town - Contact Hon. Sec. Neville Spurr for details Western Cape


ADF 8646
25 August 2018


Online Store The United Kingdom Branch of the Regimental Association operates an online store accessible worldwide. You will find books, apparel and various other items here.

BSAP History The BSA Police started with its valuable military assistance to the Royal Charter Company. Join those who have an interest in the history of the force:

Appreciation To all those who have contributed in a big or small way, a special vote of thanks. Without you these pages would not be here.

Andrew Field 8646
ADF 8646
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Several Branches of the Regimental Association produce periodic newsletters or magazines for distribution to their members. We are grateful to these Branches for their support and contribution of material to the BSA Police website. These and back issues of the Outposts may be found on the Outpost Page.
Recently Published
Title: A Life Lived on The Edge
Author: Stanyon Douglas John - BSA Police 7158/8638; Served 1964-1980
Publisher: Amazon: 2017
ISBN : 978-1549859307
Availabilty: Amazon

Review: This book contains 68 stories of the experiences of the author, in (1) Policing the Lowveld of Rhodesia from 1965- 1968 Where after he resigned. Part two covers stories of his world travels,for three years with almost identical experiences as portrayed in James Michener's "The Drifters." Travelling across six continents, working in the deserts of Australia and the jungles of New Guinea. Part three covers his attestation and experiences as a CID member engaged in combating terrorism, mainly in Op Hurricane from 1972 - 1980.
13 January 2018
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BSA Police Former Members In Memoriam In memory of our former colleagues who passed away recently, in reverse date order:

Shewell, Paul Frederick (5749 - Superintendent; served between August 1957 - November 1981; Member of the Natal and Western Cape Branches), passed away on 3 September 2018 - Durban, South Africa.
8 September 2018




Van Eeden, Frederick Jacobus "Basie" (6248 - Inspector; served between January 1961 - August 1982; Member of the Western Cape Branch), passed away on 1 September 2018 - Cape Town, South Africa.
8 September 2018




Finnigan, Rodney Norton (5917 - Chief Superintendent; served between December 1958 - April 1984; Member of the Mashonaland Branch), passed away on 28 August 2018 - Harare, Zimbabwe.
31 August 2018




Beale , Joseph Thomas "Joe" (10503 - S/Section Officer; served between March 1978 - July 1980), passed away on 24 August 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
4 August 2018




Freemantle, Mark Edward (4145 - Chief Inspector; served between December 1946 - February 1968), passed away on 20 August 2018 - Salisbury, United Kingdom.
12 July 2018




Cave, Michael 'Mike' (15152 - Field Reservist; member of the Australian Branch), passed away on 15 August 2018 - Perth, Australia.
25 August 2018



Brown, Frederick James Copeland 'Fred' (5708 - Constable; served between May 1957 - December 1962; member of the Natal Branch), passed away on 12 August 2018 - Uvongo, South Africa.
18 August 2018



Tippetts , David John Malpas (5650 - C/Superintendent; served between March 1957 - June 1980; member of the Western Cape Branch), passed away on 9 August 2018 - George, South Africa.
18 August 2018



Hawkins, George Edward Uniacke (10154 - Patrol Officer; served between August 1977 - September 1980), passed away on 30 July 2018 - Harare, Zimbabwe.
4 August 2018


Wall, Brian William Lionel (5229 - Detective Inspector; served between April 1954 - January 1966; Member of the United Kingdom Branch), passed away on 16 July 2018 - Nanaimo, Canada.
20 July 2018




Our thoughts go out to family and friends and we join former colleagues in extending condolences and deepest sympathies.
They shall be sadly missed.


In Memoriam 2016-2018