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25 August 2018

BSA Police Reunion: Convened by the Transvaal Branch: September 2019
The 130th anniversary of the establishment of the British South Africa Police takes place in 2019. We would like to mark this historical occasion with a celebration in Johannesburg, scheduled for September 2019.

Macloutsie Camp, Bechuanaland

At the out-set I believe it is appropriate to remind members of our origins, with a brief history lesson, covering the formation of the British South Africa Police, which saw its beginnings in the Royal Charter authorising the formation of the British South Africa Company (BSAPC) in 1889, prior to the Pioneer Column entering Rhodesia. Initially recruits received training at Macloutsie in Bechuanaland. (NB : Bechuanaland was a protectorate established on 31 March 1885, and now known as the Republic of Botswana). And so the British South Africa Police was born.

A unique opportunity presents itself for all of us, which most definitely includes wives and partners, to take time out to come together and renew our friendships.

Yes we understand that many of you are pensioners and we are conscious of controlling costs and we will be making every effort to ensure we get best value for money in terms of accommodation and associated expenses. This reunion is designed to give members the opportunity to relax and spend time with friends. There will be adequate time for visitors to visit historical sites or even to enjoy the odd game of golf while the ladies enjoy a spa or facial at the Hotel or maybe a shopping spree at the local Mall ? The proposed itinerary is as follows, but obviously subject to refinement and suggestions regarding preferred accommodation and venues -

  • Friday 20th September, 2019. - Opening ceremony followed by meeting with friends in an informal setting
  • Saturday 21st September 2019. - Remembrance Parade followed by drinks and snacks
  • Sunday 22nd September 2019. - Regimental luncheon (formal) and closing ceremony, farewell to friends.

We value your comments and suggestions and if we are looking forward to seeing you all in September 2019. Email
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Forthcoming Functions


Date
Function
Venue
Branch
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
Saturday 8 December 2018 from 6pm onwards
Christmas Dinner 2018 Belmont RSL, Perth - Contact for further details Australia
Friday 20 - Sunday 22 September 2019
Transvaal Association hosted 130th BSA Police Reunion - a social event comprising social get togethers, a remembrance parade and a Regimental Luncheon Various venues to be advised over three days. Contact Transvaal


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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
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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