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While social media has become a more appropriate forum for news, the web site will continue to cater for those who are not active with social networking.
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Transvaal Outpost: No. 1/2017 The Transvaal Outpost 1/2017, edited by Rob Bristow, is now available on this site. Past editions of the Transvaal Outpost are available on the Transvaal Branch page for your reading pleasure .
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18 June 2017
Kwa-Zulu Natal Outpost: No. 99 May 2017 The Kwa-Zulu Natal Outpost: No. 99 May 2017, edited by Trevor Wilson, is now available on this site. Past editions of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Outpost are available on the Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch page for your reading pleasure .
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22 April 2017
Australian Outpost: Autumn 2017 The Australian Outpost - Autumn 2017 Edition, edited by Simon Johnston, and packed with news and articles, is now available on this site. If you are resident in Australia, please be sure to visit the Australian Branch page and make contact with the Hon Secretary, Pauline McCarthy to join up. Past editions of the Australian Outpost are available for your reading pleasure on the page.
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22 April 2017

Neil Smudge Smith 1960
Western Cape AGM The 48th Annual General Meeting of the Branch was held at Timor Hall on 6 March 2017 and was well attended with 24 members being present and 11 apologies submitted. The Chairman Jim Blain thanked the Committee for their hard work and dedication during the past year. He advised the meeting that all members of the current Committee had indicated their willingness to stay on in their present roles for another year. There being no nominations received from the floor, the committee was re-elected en bloc. The President of the BSA Police Regimental Association, Alan Toms addressed the meeting. He thanked the committee`s world wide for their dedication. Alan admitted that membership world wide was dwindling and encouraged current members to enrol their spouses and descendants as full member of the Association. He was determined not to let it die and fade away and in doing so stressed the three pillars of the Association namely Benevolence, Comradeship and Friendship
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8 April 2017
Obituary: Neil 'Smudge'Smith 4254
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Neil 'Smudge' Smith who passed away at Hilton, South Africa on 12 April 2017. He was 89 years of age. Smudge was born 11 March 1928 in Pietermaritzburg, where he was raised, and following his schooling he joined the Royal Natal Carbineers, a mounted rifle regiment, before joining the BSA Police. He joined the force on 1 May 1948.
His early service in the BSA Police was in the uniform branch which included a secondment to the Nyasaland Police in October 1953, along with 5 of his Depot colleagues, for which he was later to receive a Commissioner's Commendation for Meritorious Service. He served in Nyasaland (now Malawi) between September 1953 to April 1954.
In June 1954, Smudge was promoted to 1st Sergeant and for the better duration of his service thereafter he was an Equitation Instructor at Morris Depot. There he taught and polished the equitation skills of hundreds of young police recruits. He was a very active organiser of annual police displays and will be remembered by those who served in 'Display Squads'. It was here that he became somewhat of a legend in the force.
He was a keen sportsman and could be found wherever there was a ball or a pool within police social circles.
In July 1960 Smudge was promoted to Sub-Inspector and he was soon to be made Chief Inspector. He was awarded the PLSM in January 1971 (for long and exemplary service). Smudge retired from the force in July 1971 and for a short while worked with horses at Troutbeck Inn, post service, and is credited with giving many members of the force 'refresher courses' on their trips to Inyanga.
Smudge joined the Grey Scouts, the Rhodesian Army mounted infantry unit, and was involved in the raising of the first troops in the Eastern Highlands before formation of the regiment. He eventually moved back to Salisbury and served with the Grey Scouts out of Inkomo Barracks, near the city.
He returned to South Africa at about the time of Zimbabwean Independence, settling in Durban, where he took up a position with the local polo club. Smudge was instrumental in setting up the Durban City Police mounted unit. He maintained strong ties with the Regiment. Up until his demise he was an active member of the Kwazulu Natal Branch of the Regimental Association.
Smudge's beloved wife, Shirley, passed away recently. He is survived by sons Billy and Nigel.

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14 April 2017
Western Cape Outpost 81: April 2017 The Western Cape Outpost No 81 - April 2017, which is packed with news and articles, is published here for you to enjoy. The quality of Outpost Magazines being published by the Regimental Association Branches is nothing short of a fantastic acheivement and we all owe it to the Branches to at least join up in your local area and support the Regimental in its aims and objectives.
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6 April 2017
Obituary Link : Later Boet du Plessis 7859 Rob Bresler kindly notified the link to an obituary of the late Boet du Plessis carried on The Rhodesian Soldier site.
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6 April 2017
United Kingdom Outpost 95: Spring 2017 Parry Jones, Editor of the UK Outpost, has sent in his Spring Edition 95 UK Outpost for your reading pleasure. Another excellent offering from the United Kingdom Branch including loads of news about former members; recent remembrance parades and gathering; and a few interesting articles too. Association newsletters are an important aspect of connection with former members and this edition is worth the download, with special thanks to the Editor. If you are not a member of the Branch... please pop into the Branch page.
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5 April 2017
Title: Njuzi and the River People
Author: Edden, Michael Granville - BSA Police: 4727 - Served: 1951-1980
Publisher: Private
Availability: For Download
Review: This book chronicles the journey of three members of the British South Africa Police, the author along with Tony Bradshaw and David Hallward, who followed in the wake of David Livingston's trip down the Zambesi River. The canoe trips takes these three men approaximately 1,200kms as the crow flies and is an account of the trip and a photographic record. This book is well worth the download.
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8 April 2017
Title: Dirty War - Rhodesia and Chemical Biological Warfare 1975-1980
Author: Cross, Glenn
Publisher: Casemate - 2017
ISBN : 978-19115121127
Availability: Amazon
Review: The book is the result of nearly two decades of work including access to the only remaining documents on the conflict and lengthy interviews with the key players. It is the only comprehensive examination of Rhodesia's effective use of CBW, and is an important lesson on the historical utility and use of CBW in counterinsurgencies - Author.
27 March 2017
Discontinuance of News Page There is too little news coming in from Regimental Association Branches and former members to warrant the maintainance of this page. Visitation statistics do not distinguish between search bots and genuine visitors seeking what little news there is. The Web Administrator is thus going to close down or reduce this page. He needs to survey visitation to this news page and make comparisons between dissemination of news on the website versus the use of social media. If you are a regular human visitor please drop me an e-mail outlining your preferences for news, between Outpost magazines, the news section on the Branch page and this news page; and you preference as to receiving news on a web site versus social media. Send your contribution to the site Web Administrator via e-mail:

Updated: 6 March 2017
George William SewellI would be most grateful if anyone has any information about my great uncle George Sewell, who was born in Norfolk, England in 1892. He joined the BSAP after WW1 & we understand he was a fairly well known horseman. I have found a death at Gwelo in 1966, that could be him. We don't know if he married & or had any children. Anything would really be appreciated.
- Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Updated: 8 March 2017 / 12M
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Gordon Finishes the Monte Carlo Rally - In Memory of his late Wife Moira
Gordon Best (7264) recently completed the Monte Carlo Rally in his 56 year old, 1960 Rover P4 100 Saloon, Cuthbert, in memory of his beloved late wife, Moira, who had been a rally enthuiast. She died on 20th October 2016 and missed out on participating in this rally epic. The return journey was some 4,200 kilometers in distance!
Gordon recently wrote to say that he had completed the rally,
"Hi everyone, well from the top of the Alps to the yachting billionaires marina, yes, Moira, we have done it (Just!!!), with us fortunately all the way to get us out of the snow ice ditches, miss the Stop Sign, make a cyclist go to the loo early, and the lady driver in the CitroÎn on the wrong side in the rocky tunnel, the Alpine Christmas decorations that confuse red traffic lights to green! Oh yes, and the smiling Gendarmerie for not looking at the speed limits as Cuthbert roared by throughout the last 34 hrs of nonstop lunacy in arriving at time check.
Scenery just stunning in the few seconds coming out of hairpins, people magnificent waving cheering photos, chatting. What an unforgettable experience that we are trying to digest in our Dinner suits over dinner at the 5-Star Fairmont on the seafront dripping with gold/yachts/ship's. Cheers MOIRA from all of us"
Office Bearers and members of the Regimental Associations congratulate Gordon and ' Cuthbert' on a magnificant achievement in memory of Gordon's late wife, Moria. You may still donate to the cause.

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1 February 2017
New Book - The Diary of Edwin Clarke
Title: The Diary of Edwin Clarke
Author: Clarke, Edwin Gulliver - BSA Police 245; Served 1901-1907
Publisher: Jeppestown Press, London : 2017
ISBN : 978-0-9570837-3-8
Availability: Amazon
Edwin Clarke left behind his comfortable, English middle-class life as the son of a bank manager to become a mounted trooper in the British South Africa Police in Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe - in 1901. When he died in 1955, Clarke left behind a unique handwritten diary of his service, which is published here over 110 years later. For the first time, read his account of horseback safari across miles of unspoiled African landscape in rural Matabeleland, stalking and hunting big game. Vivid diary entries bring to life a cast of characters: gold prospectors, legendary farmers and settlers telling yarns around a camp fire at night, friendly African chiefs, and Clarke's fellow police officers.
14 January 2017
Hartley BSAP 1913-23I am a historian seeking information about Samuel Moyo, or any BSAP African Constable named Moyo, who worked in Hartley and Gatooma between 1913 and 1923. I am interested in any list of African constables, or any relevant photograph of any BSAP from these towns at this time. Or, if you know of any document listing African BSAP constables at this time, please let me know where I could locate it.
- Crawfordsville, USA
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Updated: 11 January 2017 / 12M
Western Cape Outpost Edition 80 Tony Rozemeyer and Angela Walker, joint editors of the Western Cape Outpost have sent in their latest edition, No. 80 - December 2016 for your reading pleasure. Another exceptional publication from the BSA Police Outpost stables and we compliment both Tony and Angela for keeping the news rolling. Click on the link or image for download.
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10 January 2017
Fort Victoria 1965-1975 Can someone please help me locate the Secretary Mrs Jones who was working for the Member in Charge, Fort Victoria, who was transferred to Sinoia mid 1970s. Thank you
- Aukland, New Zealand
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Updated: 7 January 2017

Mounted Escort Inspection 1969

Non Fiction 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:

Index BSAP Police related book are indexed here by Author and Book Title for your convenience:
BSAP Former Members Web News: The web site administrator's news pages are kept up to date by courtesy of the Regimental Association Branches and all those members who report recent news events concerning former members of the force. Your contributions and articles for publication are welcome. Have you or has a former member of the force achieved some fame or passed a milestone? Please drop me a line by and tell me about it. Send pictures too.
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