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BSA Company Police Trooper circa 1890.

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Introduction The Mashonaland Branch is based in Harare and is an autonomous body, with its own constitution, serving the interests of former members of the Force in the Mashonaland and eastern provinces of Zimbabwe.
The Branch, up until 2007, was considered a sub-branch of the the then Central Advisory Committee of the Regimental Association, alongside other Zimbabwean branches of the organisation.
The 'devolution' of the Central Advisory Committee (and formation of the Constitutional College) to an advisory body resulted in the Mashonaland Branch becoming a separate entity, away from the control of Central.
Principal ContactPersons wishing to make contact with the branch should contact the
PO Box GD3, Greendale, Harare.
Mobile: +263 772 376 994;
Branch Outpost Your Branch Outpost Magazine is at
this link
Obituary: Rodney Norton Finnigan 5917
Rob Bristow
It is with sincere regret that we learned of the recent death of Rod Finnigan who passed away on 28 August 2018 at his home in Harare. He was born 3 October 1936 in Gosport, Hampshire and raised in the Portchester area. After his schooling, Rod joined the Portsmouth City Police as a Cadet officer and then joined and served with the Royal Military Police.
He travelled to Southern Africa on the Athlone Castle in November 1958 and attested into the BSA Police in December, joining Squad 10/1958 for training. In February 1959, Rod was dispatched from Depot with the Nyasaland Contingent to assist in the maintenance of law and order in the Nyasaland protectorate during the unrest there.
After Depot, he was posted to stations in Salisbury Urban including Harare station when he became very involved in police football and darts. Rod later managed police football teams, such as the Salisbury Province XI, during his service. He had other interests including coin collecting (numismatics), military badges and medals. He took an early interest in the International Police Association (IPA – Rhodesian Section) and became its ‘Hobbies’ Secretary a little later in his service.
Rod’s first promotion was in July 1962 to Sergeant. He married Laura May Moffat at a ceremony in Salisbury in September 1966 and they had their first son, Rodney in 1967. Patricia Ann was born to the couple in November 1970. Rod was promoted to Inspector at about the same time and took over as Member in Charge Braeside station when promoted.
He was commissioned as a Superintendent in 1976 and was transferred to Gwelo in the Midlands. Rod stayed on and served in the successor force, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, and was transferred to Bulawayo, where he took up the post of Officer Commanding, on promotion to Chief Superintendent in 1981. Rodney returned to Harare where he took up a post at Police General Headquarters in the offices of the Senior Staff Officer Training.
He retired from the Force on 30 April 1984 after 25 years of loyal and dedicated service. Rod went into the risk management business and worked for a leading hotel group in Harare. During his service, he was awarded the Police Long Service Medal (PLSM) in March 1977 and is also the recipient of the Rhodesian General Service Medal, Zimbabwe Independence Medal and the Zimbabwe Loyal Service Medal.
Rodney was an extremely supportive member of the Regimental Association in Harare, and for a long time served on the Central Advisory Committee (the predecessor of the Regimental Association's Constitutional College). Following the demise of Bill Ellway, Rodney became President of the Regimental Association, from which he gracefully stepped down following the restructuring of the Regimental Association in 2017. He took up the Editorship of the Mashonaland Branch Newsletter and joined the Mashonaland Branch Committee.
Rodney shall be sadly missed by his former colleagues and friends and we extend our very sincere condolences to Laura and the family who shall remain in our thoughts.

Andrew Field 8646
25 August 2018

Office Bearers

Bill Linfield

Mike Fox
Hon. Sec

Andrew Field

Nigel Gabriael

Red O'Connell
Honorary Appointments of Mashonaland Branch Members

Mashonaland Branch held a braai function on Sunday 24 September for members and their wives at the Lamarnier Club House
Team photo includes Messrs Fox, Finnigan, Lornie and Linfield standing, seated are Messrs Schonken, Young,Gabriel,
Bellingham and Pym (from the UK).
Forthcoming The following forthcoming functions may be of interest. For further detils contact the
Second Friday every month from 5:30pm
Monthly Gathering (informal) The Bikers' Club, Mt Pleasant Sports Club, Bargate Road, Harare
Joining the Branch Would you like to join the Mashonaland Branch of the Regimental Association? This pamphlet, compiled and distributed by the United Kingdom Branch, will give your a few reasons why you should consider it. Please complete this application form and post this to the Hon. Secretary.