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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:

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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
and our WhatsApp and Facebook sites will follow shortly.
Forthcoming Functions

Sunday 25 November 12:30pm for 1pm
Annual Association Luncheon Da Vino's, Central Port Elizabeth. Contact Eastern Cape
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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Latest Outposts
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
More Books at This Link
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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:

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

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

Scholtz, Andre Albertus (7930 - Section Officer; served between February 1968 - June 1978; Member of the Transvaal Branch), passed away on 19 September 2018 - Johannesburg, South Africa.
19 September 2018

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 , Robert George (9783 - Patrol Officer; served between October 1976-October 1978), 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

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