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

Monday 4 March 2019
Annual General MeetingTimour Hall Villa, Plumstead, Cape TownWestern Cape
Saturday 18 May 2019
Annual General Meeting To be advised - Contact 7784 Steve Acornley [hon.sec.uk@bsap.org] for further details United Kingdom
Sunday 19 May 2019
Annual General Meeting To be advised Mashonaland
Sunday 4 August 2019
BSA Police Memorial Service National Memorial Arboretum, Croxhall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR. Contact Hon Secretary for details United Kingdom
Saturday 7 September 2019
Annual Regimental LuncheonTimour Hall Villa, Plumstead, Cape TownWestern Cape
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
Friday 27 September 2019
Annual BSAP Dinner To be advised - Contact 7784 Steve Acornley [hon.sec.uk@bsap.org] for further details United Kingdom

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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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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
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Title: Rhodesian Special Branch Psuedo Warfare
Author: Pocock, Digby Carbis Innes BSA Police: 7777 - Served: 1967 - 1982
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform : 2019
ISBN : 978 1721755 78 3
Availability: Amazon
Review: Digby Pocock’s book Rhodesian Special Branch Psuedo Warfare is a personal account of the author’s experiences in the operations area. Digby was a member of the Criminal Investigation Department and, like most of his colleagues, spent time in the operational areas operating in an intelligence role. Some were more proactive than others and Digby certain involved himself more deeply in the fray than most. Former Territorial Army Major, Brian Campbell, who is mentioned in the book, has often marvelled at the bravery of Pocock, years later, when exchanging war stories with the reviewer. It is perhaps a pity though that this book doesn’t quite capture the broader and very precarious situation with which the Rhodesians were faced, and lacks content about the broader conflict. It’s rather too parochial an account of one person’s experiences, but interesting never the less.
16 March 2019
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:

Kriel, Albert Pieter (8861 - Patrol Officer; served between September 1972 - September 1975), passed away on 3 March 2019 - Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
9 March 2019

Coutts, David George Cameron (8112 - Inspector; served between October 1968 - January 1983; Previously member of the Transvaal Branch), passed away on 22 February 2019 - Manchester, England.
9 March 2019

Walthew, Brian Harold (7851 - Detective Section Officer; served between December 1967 - March 1978; recipient of the Silver Baton; member of the United Kingdom Branch), passed away on 21 February 2019 - Cork, Ireland.
2 March 2019

Cullingworth, Brian (6076/C120 - Inspector; served between October 1959 - July 1974), passed away on 7 February 2019 - Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
9 February 2019

Fairlie, George David (5766/48935 - Sergeant; served between September 1957 - March 1963; post service attested into the Police Reserve; member of the United Kingdom Branch), passed away on 21 January 2019 - Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
2 February 2019

Slade, Jack Phillip (110660 - Patrol Officer; served between October 1978 - Janunary 1980), passed away on 14 January 2019 - Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe.
18 January 2019

Steenkamp, Jan Paul (6671 - Staff Inspector; served between May 1962 and May 1979; member of the Transvaal and later Western Cape Branches), passed away on 7 January 2019 - Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.
18 January 2019

Michelson, Matthew (5548 - Inspector; served between September 1956 - January 1977; post service attested into the Police Reserve 38329W), passed away on 31 December 2018 - Lusaka, Zambia.
5 January 2019

Vernon, Peter Keith (9180 - Inspector; served between April 1974 - March 1982), passed away on 28 December 2018 - Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa.
5 January 2019

Piper, Larry Arthur (6214 -Constable; served between October 1960 - October 1963), passed away on 26 December 2018 - Bridgewater, Somerset, England, United Kingdom.
29 December 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