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Genealogy and Preserving the Memory our Departed


Compiled by Andrew Field (8646)

There is a form below (click on the link) to enter family details of your dearly departed

Recently, most of us were remembering our war dead, those who fought in various conflicts and notably the Great War, on its ending, centennial anniversary. Some would have taken the opportunity to remember family who died in various conflicts too. But what of their surviving families, their ancestors, their rich histories, and a memorial which goes beyond a mere place in a graveyard.

Recently I stumbled upon a digital platform that shows potential to service a growing interest in remembrance, not just our war dead, but other family members who have passed too. It doubles as an ancestry/family history site, making it perfect to link up living family and their ancestors to those who have died. It is called WikiTree, and its free.

What makes this site different to your standard internet ancestry site is the ability store antecedents, write biographies of any reasonable length and load photographs of the dearly departed. The site comes in the form of a Wiki, which is a collaborative, semi structured database with linear capacity. It is not a research site, although in time it will develop that capacity. You are all well familiar with Wikipedia. The concept is the same.

Until now, the British South Africa Police Roll of Honour has been a simple listing on a web site. It is a concise listing with no frills. The website also has an in memoriam listing of those who have died in our recent past. For family, this is fine, they all have their personal concepts of remembrance, but for the broader community, and future descendants the memories are susceptible to erasure for good.

In a purely experimental process, the BSA Police Roll of Honour was loaded onto the WikiTree platform and it is presently being categorised and expanded with information. The Rhodesian Light Infantry is in process too, as will other units in due course. To my surprise, family of the dead are beginning to take an interest in the concept. People are making contact and offering information.

Commissioners of Police have been loaded (although some of these profiles are incomplete). You could help expand them. I shall soon be loading all former members of rank Assistant Commissioner and above. One would hope that I am not the sole contributor in this process.

This message is to encourage the process of collaboration. Everybody can contribute to this project, and they should. All it takes is to register your details and maintain your profile, then start working on any of the profiles which interest you, add your recently departed family members (and living ones too, if you want somewhere to build your family history).

Please note, the very strictest privacy regulations apply to the profiles of all living persons, so there is absolute non-disclosure, unless the subject of any profile chooses to open it up. Thus, in reality your profiles on WikiTree are less transparent than the limited data you may supply to a social media account.

Therefore, I appeal to you all to consider joining the WikiTree Project. Everybody who has an interest in their family tree would find this site very useful. For those who have departed members listed on Rolls of Honour or In Memoriam listings, the WikiTree Project provides a wonderful platform to expand upon the information and connect them to the rest of the family.

The scope is endless… medals recipient biographies are another area of interest to many medal collectors. Some of you may well enjoy collecting biographies of former members. Outpost is a brilliant source for this information, being collected in obituaries and retirement notices. The reach of Outpost to researchers, of course, is very limited. WikiTree provides a meaningful place to lodge such information on our notable former members for a global audience.
Research: The BSA Police WikiTree Project

The BSA Police WikiTree Project has been implemented to expand on the information presently contained in the Roll of Honour. The Roll was only intended as a listing. The WikiTree initiative now adds to and publishes more information drawn from several sources, the principle one being the BSA Police monthly journal of the time, Outpost. The project will be extended to the BSA Police civilian deaths Roll in due course. WikiTree is an ancestry site concerned with family history and, thus, family of those on the BSA Police Roll of Honour are encouraged to participate in the project, with photographs, more details and links to other members of the family. Former members may also volunteer their assistance.

Please use:

  • This link to send in relative details; and
  • This e-mail address to .

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Laurence Binyon

‘Ndiripo pamweya’

WikiTree Project - Direct Relatives
If you complete this form, you might like to send a photograph of the ROH or In Memoriam members for inclusion on this web page to . Also consider submitting by e-mail one or more certificate of the ROH member or a relative so that we may verify the genuiness of the entry.

Surname of Deceased ** : First Names:

Father full name: Born: Place:
Please used date format dd/mm/yyyy Died: Place:

Mother full name: Born: Place:
Died: Place:

Sibling (1) full name: Born: Place:
Died: Place:

Sibling (2) full name: Born: Place:
Died: Place:

If the deceased was married at the time of death, please notify his widow details and those of the children.

Widow full name: Born: Place:
Married: Place:
Please used maiden name if female Died: Place:

Child (1) full name: Born: Place:
Died: Place:

Child (2) full name: Born: Place:
Died: Place:

Your full name **:
Your e-mail Address ** :
You telephone (prefix with Country Code):
Your Mobile (prefix with Country Code):

I agree that the contents of this form may be published on the WikiTree Genealogy site ** :

Please note that living person information will not be openly published on the WikiTree site - it remains private until death of the person concerned.

Verification
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Note: do not enter spaces the image is spaced for clarity only **

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