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Get Registered and Listed Former members may get listed on this site or simply register on the data base to stay in touch. Access the Members' list.

Social Media With former members being spread through the Diaspora, social media has become an ever popular platform to stay in touch.

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:
BSA Police Memorial Maintenance Fund
The BSAP Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum is now nine years old and it needs regular maintenance to keep it in good condition.
The authorities at the Arboretum will undertake to maintain the Memorial in good condition for 'Life' on payment of a one off charge of just under £6000.
In order to meet this charge it was announced at the recent AGM that a Memorial Maintenance Fund was being established and donations to the fund sought from members and Branches world wide.
Since its launch donations in excess of £1500 have been received but more are needed.
We appeal to members to donate however much they feel able to this very worthwhile fund. Your donation will help to ensure the BSAP and 'All Who Served', will continue to be remembered long after the last person who served has passed on.
Details of how to donate can be found on the UK Branch website or by contacting a committee member.

Donations may also be made directly to the fund via the United Kingdom Branch Online Shop

ADF 8646
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

Sunday 4 August 2019
BSA Police Memorial Service National Memorial Arboretum, Croxhall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR. Contact Hon Secretary for details United Kingdom
Sunday 1st September 2019
Regimental Lunch Venue to be decided Eastern Cape
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

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
Appeal for Contributions - Police Reserve
Message from Seamus Power
There is an initiative afoot to attempt a written history of the BSA Police Reserve. Paul Brewster, who is former police officer and member of the United Kingdom Branch, assisting with history objectives, is willing to put together a manuscript ably assisted by Seamus Power, whom you all know spent much time as an officer responsible for Police Reserve at the Hard Square. They would like to collect anecdotal material from former members of the Police Reserve, and if available copies of any documents which one might consider useful for this purpose. Any references to Police Reserve in books and papers already written and published would also be useful.
Seamus says, “I am appealing to the Group for help by writing up their own Police Reserve experiences, information about, knowledge of what they did, and to ask any Reservist they know to assist. In other words the works. These men and women gave much and I doubt we would have managed as well as we did without their freely given help. A bit of repayment to give them their rightful place in history is overdue.” If you can help, please contact
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
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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:

Merritt, William Andrew 'Bill', (6654 Patrol Officer; served between April 1962 - April 1965; once a member of the Western Cape Branch of the Regimental Association), passed away on 4 August 2019 - Chichester, West Sussex, England.
17 August 2019

Price, Terrence Michael 'Terry', (8771 - Section Officer; served between February 1972 - May 1982; once a member of the Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association), passed away on 31 July 2019 - Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
3 August 2019

Morris, Peter John (4888 - Constable; served between March 1952 - March 1955), passed away on 29 July 2019 - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
3 August 2019

Terry, Cyril Walter, aged 81 (23450N - Stick Leader - Field Reserve; member of the United Kingdom Branch of the Regimental Association), passed away on 26 July 2019 - Northalleton, North Yorkshire, England.
3 August 2019

Walsh, Peter (5810 - Constable; served between February 1958 - July 1960), passed away on 21 July 2019 - Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
18 August 2019

Scott, Christopher Archie Spencer (7796 - Patrol Officer; served between August 1967 - August 1970), passed away on 16 July 2019 - Rockingham, Western Australia.
24 August 2019

Lees, John Andrew (6454 - Superintendent; served between July 1961 - September 1980; member of the Natal Branch of the Regimental Association), passed away on 9 July 2019 - Hillcrest, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
13 July 2019

Walters , Derek Mitchell, aged 72 (8446 - Section Officer; served between March 1970 - February 1977; last stationed Salisbury Central - Control Room; member of the Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association), passed away on 30 June 2019 - Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa.
30 June 2019

Holden , Thomas Duxbury 'Tom', aged 86 (5070 - Detective Chief Inspector; served between June 1953 - November 1973; last stationed CID Salisbury; member of the Mashonaland and Transvaal Branches of the Regimental Association), passed away on 29 June 2019 - Marondera, Mashonland East, Zimbabwe.
1 July 2019

Devoy , Thomas Pat 'Tom', aged 72 (8196 - Patrol Officer; served between March 1969 - March 1972; last stationed Mabelreign, Salisbury; member of the United Kingdom Branch of the Regimental Association), passed away on 24 June 2019 - Dublin, Co Dublin, Ireland.
30 June 2019

Thomson, Alister Walter 'Jock', aged 88 (5415 - Chief Inspector; served between May 1956 - April 1984; member of the United Kingdom Branch of the Regimental Association), passed away on 16 June 2019 - Boughton on Water, Cheltenaham, England.
3 August 2019

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