The Mashonaland Branch of the Regimental Association, up until 2007, was considered a branch of the the then Central Committee of the Regimental Association, alongside other Zimbabwean branches of the organisation. The 'devolution' of the Central Committee to an advisory body resulted in the Mashonaland Branch becoming a separate entity, away from the control of Central.

Office Bearers

Red O'Connell

Branch News

Mashonaland Branch AGM The Annual General Meetings of the Mashonaland Branch of the Regimental Association shall take place Sunday, 31st May 2015 at 11:45am to be held at 'The Scull & Scud' (Motor Bike Club), Mt Pleasant Sports Club, Northwood/Vainona, Harare
1 May 2015

Death: Michael 'Robby' Robinson 5162
Dave Stowell reports, with regret, the death of Michael Robinson on 11 April 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mike joined the BSA Police November 1953 and served for 30 Years. He did all his service in the Uniformed Branch with postings to Manicaland, Bulawayo and Salisbury. Mike was in the Traffic Branch for some time and had been involved with both Highway Patrol operations and Driving School during this period. He was commissioned in 1972 and by 1978 was the Officer Commanding District in Fort Victoria. Mike retired from the successor force, with the Rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner, in October 1983 and went into the insurance industry. He was involved in sailing for many years, both in police service and subsequently, and was treasurer of the Sailing Association of Zimbabwe, Secretary of Mazowe Sailing Club and a stalwart of the Enterprise Association. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow, Lorna, family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
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12 April 2014

Death: Patrick 'Paddy' Blanchfield 5524
Dave Blacker reports, with regret, the death of Paddy Blanchfield on 31 March 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Paddy joined the BSA Police August 1956 and served until April 1960, when he left at his own request with the rank of Constable. He was stationed at CID Gatooma at the time. Paddy had been a keen tennis and rugby player and participated in police championship tounaments in both sports. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
ADF 8646
2 April 2014

Death Branch Member:
George William Frederick 'Bill' Ellway PMM 4728

Bob Schonken reports, with regret, the death of Bill Ellway on 18 March 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was 86 years of age. Bill, a former Royal Navy serviceman in WWII, joined the BSA Police in June 1951 and first pursued his career on several stations in the Manicaland Province. He was promoted to Sub-Inspector in July 1960, by which time Bill had been transferred to Salisbury. Bill then served on Mashonaland stations including Norton then Umvukwes. He was commissioned in October 1967 when Bill was appointed Staff Office Recruiting and Liaison and took up a chair on the Committee of the Outpost magazine. After promotion to Assistant Commissioner, Bill became SSO (Police) at PGHQ. He was awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service (PMM) in November 1976. In December 1977, Bill was appointed Officer Commanding Victoria Province, replacing the late Bert Freemantle, through an exchange of posts. He retired from the successor force in August 1982 with the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner, after 31 years dedicated service. Bill was awarded both the Rhodesian and Zimbabwean long service medals, with bars. He went into the security industry after leaving the police. During his career, Bill had been very involved with the International Police Association (IPA) and had been the President of the Rhodesian Section. Bill was also very active with the BSA Police Regimental Association and was the President of the Central Advisory Committee at the time of his death. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. His son, Jonathan is a former member of the force (111240).
ADF 8646
18 March 2014

Second Friday each month
Informal Sundowner Mount Pleasant Sports Club
31 May 2015 at 11:45am
Annual General Meeting (to be followed by a braai luncheon) Scull and Scud (Motorcycle Club), Mount Pleasant Sports Club

Mashonaland Mounted Police Officer Uniform.


Images by Dick Hamley
author of
'The Regiment'