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ADF 8646
25 August 2018

Obituary: Michael Granville ‘Mike’ Edden 4727 (1930-2018)
Mike Edden
With very great regret we learn of the death of Michael Edden who passed away in Queensland, Australia. Michael was born 21 November 1930 in Bromley, Kent, England, the son of a medical professional, Reginald Edden and Lilian (nee Baxter). He was raised in Kent, but was educated at Abbey School, in Berkshire and then Ardingly College, Sussex. Mike, as he was better known, attended the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.
Michael was recruited to join the BSA Police in London and he sailed to Cape Town in May 1951 aboard the Carnavon Castle, from his home in Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham. He attested into the BSA Police June 1951 and attended Morris Depot. As a uniformed member of the force, Mike was stationed at Gwelo Rural, Fort Victoria and Zaka before joining the plain clothes branch. His first Criminal Investigation Department (CID) stations were Bulawayo’s Property and Cycle sections.
Mike was transferred to Umtali, in Manicaland where he served as a detective on a four year tour, before being posted to Salisbury. He was promoted to Detective Inspector in September 1961 while stationed at CID Salisbury. This was followed by a posting to Sinoia, in the Lomagundi District, where he first took on the role of police intelligence with the newly formed Special Branch in 1966.
Michael returned to Salisbury in 1968 to take over as head of the Murder Section before his commissioning as a Superintendent in August the same year. He was promoted to Chief Superintendent in July 1972 and in 1975 Mike took over the Special Branch role at Joint Operations Command (JOC) Hurricane. He remained with Special Branch for most of the rest of his career.
In 1976 Michael became PSBO Salisbury and Mashonaland Province (taking over from Alan Best) and then as a senior Special Branch officer became a member of the Nation JOC based at Combined Operations (COMOPS) Headquarters. During his tour with COMOPS, Mike formed a National Interrogation Team, comprising seasoned Special Branch and Special Forces men, which made a significant contribution to the war effort. It is perhaps a little ironic that he was appointed to the National Amnesty Directorate as the Special Branch representative in 1979 as the war was drawing to a close and political change was afoot. He retired with the rank of Assistant Commissioner and settled in Mallorca, Spain where he lived for 10 years.
In about 1990 Michael joined the intelligence services of Bophuthatswana, a scattered patchwork of enclaves within South Africa. With the re-integration of Bophuthatswana back into South Africa in 1994, Mike’s prospects were limited so he joined Col. Ian Bate in Johannesburg running a security consultancy. He returned to Zimbabwe to join his son on a farm in the Karoi area, shortly before Zimbabwe’s catastrophic and destructive land invasions began, which saw his son and family lose their home.
Michael eventually emigrated to Australia, where he settled in Queensland. He became the Hon. Secretary of the Queensland Branch of the Regimental Association. Mike had been a very great advocate of inter service community and was a founding member and well respected patron of the Rhodesian Veterans Association (Queensland Branch).
He was awarded the Police Long Service Medal with clasp in January 1971 and honoured with the Police Meritorious Service Medal in November 1976.
Mike had excelled at sport and represented teams in athletics, hockey, cricket, and rowing amongst others. He had been in the Combined Services Athletics Team at Sandhurst, and several police teams at various levels of sport. In Depot he won the Victor Ludorum while a trainee policeman. He had a strong interest in canoeing and at one time canoed down the Zambezi River with colleagues, Dave Hallward and Tony Bradshaw. He was elected to the Executive Committee of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee after 1980.
To Michael, his family was very important. He married Jean Rosemary Smith at St. John Pro-Cathederal, Bulawayo on 15 January 1955 and together they had four children: two daughters Rosalyn and Deborah, and two sons, David and Malcolm. They were by his side when he passed. Our thoughts go out to them and we join Michael’s former colleagues in extending our condolences and sympathies. He shall be sadly missed. .

Andrew Field 8646
8 December 2018

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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


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Function
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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


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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Current Editions:
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: Smith to Mugabe: A Brutal State of Affairs
Author: Ellert, Henrik Brouner BSA Police: 7052 - Served: 1964 - 1980
Publisher: Mambo Press - Gweru : 2018
ISBN : 978 0 86922 903 3
Availability: To be advised
Review: This book is a much enlarged revamp of the book by the same author, The Rhodesian Front War. It includes frequent references to the BSA Police between 1964 - 80 by a former member of the Force, who served during that period. The author looks at who the Rhodesians were, and questions what made them fight to the bitter end. He reviews black nationalism and the various units which took part in the bush war. The influences of Portugal and South Africa enjoy chapters in the book. A full book review may be seen at this link
10 November 2018
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BSA Police Former Members In Memoriam

If you have a relative listed below, please spend a few minutes reading our page about preserving our memories and heritage (click on the link)

In memory of our former colleagues who passed away recently, in reverse date order:

Hutchison, George (6105/7523 - Section Officer; served two tours between December 1959 - May 1972), passed away on 4 December 2018 - Eshowe, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
8 December 2018




Edden, Michael Granville (4727 - Assistant Commissioner; served between June 1951 - June 1980; Member of the Australia Branch), passed away on 3 December 2018 - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
8 December 2018




Clinker, David John (5848 - D/Constable; served between July 1958 - January 1964; Member of the Australia Branch), passed away on 28 November 2018 - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
1 December 2018




Addison, Keith Roland (6197/7208 - Patrol Officer; served two tours between August 1960-October 1969; Member of the United Kingdom Branch), passed away on 22 November 2018 - Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom.
24 November 2018




Whiney, Raymond John (10076 - Section Officer; served between June 1977-July 1980), passed away on 17 November 2018 - Harare, Zimbabwe.
24 November 2018




Stanton, Peter Henry (5809 - Detective Inspector; served between February 1958 - March 1978; Member of the Transvaal Branch), passed away on 15 November 2018 - Pretoria, South Africa.
16 November 2018




Hodgson, Shaun Terence (110720 - Section Officer; served between January 1979-April 1982; Member of the Transvaal Branch), passed away on 10 November 2018 - Hoedspruit, South Africa.
12 November 2018




Hughes, Christopher Daniel Alan (6308 - Chief Superintendent; served between February 1961 - February 1982; Member of the United Kingdom Branch), passed away on 9 November 2018 - Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom.
24 November 2018




Sutton, Charles Richard (4799 - Section Officer; served between October 1951 - September 1972; Member of the United Kingdom Branch), passed away on 27 October 2018 - Newton Abbot, United Kingdom.
31 October 2018




Butt, Michael William 'Mick' (7681 - Inspector; served between January 1967 - August 1978), passed away on 18 October 2018 - Moggerhanger, United Kingdom.
27 October 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