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ADF 8646
25 August 2018

IntroductionThe Transvaal Association is based in Johannesburg and is an autonomous body, with its own constitution, serving the interests of former members of the Force in the Transvaal region.
The Regimental Association of the Transvaal was formed in 1974. The founding members were: Keith Douche, R Bailey, John Brett, George Cross, Dave Kilshaw and Jim Prior.
The Association has over four hundred members and exists to foster and promote comradeship among former members of the force and also to provide assistance to members who are in distressed circumstances or in need of help.
The Association publishes two editions of the Outpost each year.
We meet on the second Saturday of each month at 12h00 midday at the Jocks in Parktown, Johannesburg, which is the headquarters of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment. We hold five main functions each year; the Regimental Luncheon, the AGM, a braai lunch, a Curry and Rice Lunch, and a Christmas Sundowner.
We are currently planning a world reunion in 2019 in Johannesburg, and have made tentative enquiries with the world-wide Associations who have received the idea well. Plans will be published on the website as soon as they begin to firm up.
The Transvaal Association has organised several notable events over the years, including the Centenary Dinner in 1989, at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg, where the Guest of Honour was the former Prime Minister of Rhodesia, the Hon. Ian Smith.
Full membership is open to all ex members of the BSAP, both regular and reserve (including former National Servicemen). Associate membership is open to the spouse, widow, widower, son or daughter of former members of the BSAP and BSAP Reserve, and to anyone who identifies with our aims and ethos. Associate membership is also open to former members of the Rhodesian Army, Air Force and Prison Service. Corporate Membership is under discussion at present.
Principal ContactPersons wishing to make contact with the branch should contact the
PO Box 8389, Johannesburg, 2000 South Africa.
Telephone: +27-11-6158624;
Mobile: +27-79-5233202
Branch Outpost Your Branch Outpost Magazine is at
this link
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
Office Bearers

Douglas Hay

Derek Rausch
Vice Chairman

David Holmes
Hon. Secretary

Maureen Merrifield

John Trueman
Editor: Outpost

The Transvaal Branch of the Regimental Association held its annual luncheon at the Indaba Hotel, Spar and Conference Centre, Johannesburg
on Sunday 15 October 2017. A total of 150 members, wives, partners and guests sat down for lunch.

Forthcoming The following forthcoming functions may be of interest. For further detils contact the
Second Saturday every month from 12 noon
Monthly Gathering (informal) The View in Parktown
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
Joining the Branch Would you like to join the Transvaal 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 contact Hon. Secretary.