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BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA POLICE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATIONUNITED KINCDOM BRANCH
B S A P TRUST
ISSUE No: 43 WINTER 1999-2000
I'll Gl- [ VRO VAI 8
T he magic Year 2000 is only 50days away as I write this and
looking back, the last millenniumand particularly the last century haveseen many miracles and curses ofscience, highs and lows of moralityand swings and roundabouts offortune. Our Force functioned for amajor part of this century, movingfrom ox wagons, horses, donkeys,mules and bicycles to high speedmotor vehicles, all terrain vehicles,speed boats and aircraft. I'rom run-ners to temperamental Dolphin ra-dios to the most sophisticated com-munications systems that kept us incontact. I now sit in front of thismachine and through it I can talk toanyone, anywhere in the world, inseconds. We are living in a marvel-lous age and let us be thankful forthat. Let us also remember the won-derful times we have had, asindividuals, as families, as comradesduring our service which bought usall together. Despite the inaccuraciesand unkindnesses that history maywell visit upon us, lct us remember
that we were honourable men andwomen and move into the New Mil-lennium secure in the knowledge thatwe did make a difference and that theworld is a better place because of theexistence of that stalwart band, knownas the BSAP!
he position of Editor of our Out-post is still vacant - there must be
someone out there who could take onthis very satisfying role from nextyear. Please contact thc Chairman orHon Secretary.
mas Gathering at 5.30 pm onTuesday 7'" December 1999 at
the Trafalgar Tavern, Victory Serv-ices Club, Seymour Street, London,closest Tube: Marble Arch. Snackswill be available. Please support usat this last event of 1999.
T he Editor, production and des-patch volunteers of the UK Out-
post wish all of you, our readers, avery Happy Christmas and a healthy,peaceful profitable, but stimulatingNew Millennium Year.
4977I5 531 Roy DA VIES, aformer chairman of the NatalBranch, died violently in Durbanon 15th October 1999.
4044 Norman Arthur DYERpassed away in Johannesburg on1st October 1999.
4014 Robert Bernard (Spike)HUGHES passed away on 18thOctober 1999 in I larare followinga long illness.
6747 Michael (Mike) John KEN-NELLY passed away in Johannes-burg on 1st October 1999.
Transvaal regret to advise thedeath on 12th September in Jo-hannesburg of 5801 LionelMARTIN, aged 59. In 1998 hesuffered a series of strokes andnever fully recovered. The latesttook its toll. Lionel served from1958 to 1978 and retired with therank of Superintendent.
4114 Roger SANDALI diedMarondera, Zimbabwe, on 20thJuly 1999. Roger retired as a Det.Ch. Insp. on 12'" April 1969 after23 years service.
4575 Joseph John "Joe"WALKER passed away in Johan-nesburg on 23rd August 1999
4889 Gordon McDonald (Jock)WAUGH passed away in Johan-nesburg on 16th October 1999
Members will be sad to note thedeath of Cath PRIOR, widow of5185 Paddy Prior. Cath returnedfrom Republic of South Africa toMilton Keynes, following Paddy'sdeath and to be near herdaughters. She suffered a heartattack and died on 15th Septem-ber 1999.
They shall grow not old as wethat are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, northe years condemn.At the going down of the snn andll1 the ntornntgWe will rententber them.
The Regimental Dinner was held at theVictory Services Club this year. 82members and their guests were enter-tained by our guest speaker who, thisyear was 4214 Tommy GRIFFITH.His theme was Incidents duringService. This encouraged many torecall escapades of their time with theBSAP. He wrote three special versesof Kum-a-Kye expressing sentiment tothe Greatest Police Force in the Worldand naturally all joined in with thechorus. Needless to say the memberscontinued this after the Toast to theRegiment. Rick MAY 4180 won themain raffle prize of f750. The runner-up prizes going to 6629 George GLIB-BERY and10263 Nick BFWES. The"in house" raffle prize of a microwaveoven, which had been generously do-nated by 35336 Bernard TERRY wasalso won by the Bewes family. Thistime it was 111032 Colin BEWES,with runners-up prizes claimed by Mar-tin HOWELL, Dick RAY, Chris TAY-LOR and Ivan MASON (son of Fred).The ratfle was very well supported onthe evening, and swelling the fundsDave RILEY ran a mini raffle whichraised a grand total of f350. The firstprize was a boxed set of BSAP Mini-atures which was won by Dave's guestPaul Malone who promptly handed itback! This so impressed Mike Leach
that he presented him with a BSAPplaque and Paul was delighted vvith it.Dick Ray then won the miniatures.I.red Mason then won the Support UnitBadge in Gold Wire which was madeby a firm called Badger Pride! As Fredspent his last 5 years service in Sup-port Un&t and his call-sign was BadgerOne, this was most appropriate! Thethird prize of a Mounted Trooperwhich was made by the firm Assetfrom Middlesex, was won by JoeMercer. Dave also displayed to themembership various framed badges ofthe BSAP with the old and the newerbadge in gold wire. These can beobtained direct from him by those ofyou who were unable to attend theDinner. Members from over the waterincluded 5 from Northern Ireland, I
from Portugal, I from the UAE, 2 fromthe USA and 2 from South Africa.Their support is very much appreciated.Brian GIBBS, our Chairman thankedthose who assist the Branch so muchbehind the scenes at this event. Thisincluded the Committee, his wife Adri-enne for editing thc Outpost, Cliff Rog-ers our historian, Bill Earle our Al-moner and Jim Hazlett and Peter Butlerfor their eff'orts in producing a videotape, recording some of our history.The prototype of this was on displaythroughout the evening and orders forcopies were taken.
In alphabetical order, the followingwere in attendance: 3799 A. L.ANDREW, 4278 John BALCHIN,10263 M. BEWES, 111032 C.R.H.BEWES, 7211 P.W. BIDDULPH, 4567J.E. BOND, 7716 K.H. BOND, BONDK. (Guest), 5044 A. E. BRADSHAW,5317 K.J. BROOKS, K. BROOKS(Guest), 4934 M.S. BURMAN, 8009
P.A. BUTLER, 6737 M.J.COLEMAN, 6753 R. COOK, R.COOK (Guest), Sid 4891 COOI'LR,5647 W.J. COPLEY, 6338 WillCORNELL, 6449 E.P. CRAWFORD,4882 P.E. DANCER, 5252 PatDEASEY, 7002 Andy DOUGAL, 7125P.J. EI.LIS, 4046 E.J. GALLOWAY,4428 B. GATES, Assoc AdricnncGIBBS, 6050 B.J.C. GIBBS, 7962 A.GIBSON, 6629 G.A.J. GI.IBBERY,8043 A.J. GOODCHILD„9086 A. A.GRANGER, 4212 (Speaker) TommyG Rl F I 1TH, 4915 M.G ROOM BR I DG E, 4730 D.L.R.HALLWARD, D. HALLWARD(Guest), 6630 J. HAZLL'TT, D. HEI'-PENSTALL (Guest), 9426 O'. I..HESLIP, P/r 26063 N. HESLIP, T.HESLIP (Guest), 5242 M.J. HOWELL,6308 C.D.A. HUGHES, 7418 C.P.JAMES, 5248 Alan LANE, 5479 M.I EACH, 8115 N. LEAKEY, 4393A. W. LUCAS, 3385 L. I .LUMHOLTZ, 9448 J.D. MANN, J.MANN (Guest), Ivan MASON (Guest)„5934 I'red MASON, 4180 E.J. MAY,5615 Tom MEEKIN, Stanley Mills(Guest), 4572 C.M. MERCER„6632G.J. PAXTON, 6905 P.B. PHII. LIPS,7327 M.A. PLANT, 6348 D.J. POOI. E.5398 T. POT1'ER, 4853 I-'. A.PUN1 ER, 5075 R. RAY, 5098 D.RILEY, D. RILEY (Guest), C.J. 6432ROBERTS, 5332 S.A. RODDA, 4735C. ROGERS, 4897 Brian SHIERS,4332 P.C. SHOR1, 5391 R.SMALLSHA W, 6130 RandySYMMONS, 10319 C.I'. TAYLOR,6841 B.W. TINDALE, Assoc S.TINDAI. E, 7391 A. TOMS, A. TOMS(Guest), 4158 r. WEIMEI&, 4635 B.WRIGI I I, C. A. SMI'I H ((iuest) and5358 M. D. YORk.
The following are the verses ofKant-a-~ye with which To&nmy(1riffi I h proposed the toast t o theRegln1enf.
A long time ago, across the sca,A regiment was formed - The1)SAPKum-a-Kyc Chorus
Served its country well, playedit's part in historyThat well beloved Regiment - theI)SAPKum-a-Kye Choruslt's colours flew high, so that allcould seeThe Blue and Old Gold of - theBSAPKum-a-Kye ChorusWe are gathered here, You, Youand Wc,To pay tribute to - the HSAPKum-a-Kye Chorus with repeatrefrain.
Ladies and Gentlemen — TheRegiment!
I ollowing on to the toast„Tommyalso repeated Rudyard Kipling' sverse from our old One PoundNote, which generated considerableinterest. I-lcre it is to jog memories:
"The immense and brooding spiritstill shall quicken and control,
Living he was the land and dead hissoul shall be hcr soul. "
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Tony Andrew' 3799 recently uneartlred these old photoeraplrs and conrtnents about tireprint above, "Tire cap tilt UK versus SA is interesting.
"1940 Que Que Section: District: Basil Wheel Cpl. ex South Africa, Cuth Funnell, Insp. exUK, Ililary Mays Tpr. ex South Africa and Tony Andrew Tpr. ex UK wearing Summerand Winter uniform!
Town and District stren th: Que Que 1940: Town: Jacobs Cst. , Ginger Kirt'wood Cst. ,Barney Lomas. Town i/c Barney Lomas (?) S«t. , District i/c Cuth Funnell Insp. , CIDSimpson, District Basil Wheel, Ililary Mays, Tony Andrew.
LETTERS FROM THE HEART
In a letter to the editor, Maureen Paine,widow of Jim 4382, thanked all mem-bers who attended Jim's funeral, sentmessages and especially for the obitu-ary in the Outpost. She is looking fora particular photograph of her late hus-band and hopes that the following de-tails will help to find a copy."It was used for publicity, " she wrote,"when Jim and I were engaged (late1964/65). I was walking up FirstStreet in Salisbury and in a show win-dow in a building on the corner ofJameson Avenue and First Street, wasan enormous picture - at least 6 foot by7 foot - of Jim piloting the Sir JohnChancellor on Lake Kariba. It wastaken looking from the stern forward asthc boat left shore and Jim is lookingover his shoulder with a huge grin ofdelight. Obviously I don't want the bigpicture but I would love to have asmaller copy. It certainly wasn't pub-lished in the Outpost of that time andmust have been taken by an officialphotographer to have the quality toblow up to that size. John March wasat thc launch but doesn't remember thatparticular picture. Maybe someone outthere will remember. If so, I would beeternally grateful for a copy of it."Maureen also wrote to Bill Earle, ourbranch almoner to thank him tor hisassistance, and mentioned the visit shemade to Harare after Jim's death. Billhad contacted Bill Ellway and KenStanford Smith but she said, Mr Ellwaywas so helpful she didn't need to con-tact Mr Stanford Smith.
Bill Ellway checked that she had eve-rything to sort out Jim's pension and
gave her a letter to the Secretary of thePolice Club asking to allow her accessto the Library to find a date in thebound copies of the Outpost to look forthat particular pic of Jim . The Secre-tary wasn't available which created alittle difficulty. Eventually the problemwas overcome by allowing her to go in
under the escort of a young constable.He was extremely pleasant and wasfascinated by the Outposts, readingthem over her shoulder and asking lotsof questions. They found the dates butnot the photo. Bill Ellway then put herin touch with John March and theywent through his archives but were stillunable to find the photo. She alsowent to PGHQ where she was treatedwith extreme pleasantness at the Out-post office. Tl&erc they met a very niceand helpful young man who gave themnames and phone numbers for furthercontact. When more editorial staffcame in, one of them said that all theold photos had been tossed into a storeroom in no particular order and no-oneI&ad the time to search through them.So she still didn't get her picture. Andtime was too short to go to the NationalArchives.Maureen's application for her widow' spension was dealt with speed, effi-ciency and pleasantness. Shc had ex-pected hassles but it went verysmoothly. A Mrs Mashiri dealt withthe initial receipt of death certificate,application form and receipt of the twocheques received since Jim's death,giving her a very detailed receipt for allitems. Because Jim had money in ablocked account it was necessary to setup a local estate and Maureen's brothersaid he was willing to act as localexecutor. They were told that it would
be wise in order that no problems sub-sequently arose, to do 2 years of in-come tax returns even though Jim' spension and building society accountwere taxed. This meant that they hadto get the equivalent of a P60 from thepolice pensions office. They were seenin a different department and againwere treated very pleasantly. To getthe second year, she had to go back toMrs Mashiri because it had to bevvorked out specially. By now it wasrather late in the day and Mrs Mashiriapologised because she didn't have thetime to do it then and asked if it waspossible for her to come back the nextday. Maureen did and the next dayreturned and was given the informationwith a smile. Maureen filled in the taxreturns and was seen by an extremelyefficient, pleasant young man. Whenshe asked if he would send the taxclearance to her brother's address, hesaid that she could pick it up the nextday. The following day she took theform to get tlie actual clearance andwas asked, "Where shall I send thecheque for the tax rebate?""Wow!" thought Maureen, "a rebatetoo !" And that cheque arrived at herbrother's house within the 10 days hesaid it would take."I don't think you could get such fastefficient service in the UK, " saidMaureen. "Actually, the rebate is acase in point - I will fill in tax. formsfor myself for the period July to De-cember 1999 because of course, I
should also be entitled to a tax allow-ance and hopefully, a rebate. "(Tbank you, Ma»reen, for dispelli»gsome of llTe mvlbs abo»l lite poor serv-ice w'e ccni errpecl )'rani (he (~overnnienlOcparnnenls in Zimbabwe. ~O)
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are getting settled into the Americanway but, says Bev, "The garden hastaken up every moment of my time forthe last two months. Thankfully wehave had a great summer. The year hasbeen hectic from a travel point of viewfor JB and me too. We had a triptogether to England in March (businessfor JB) for a week. He was in Italyand Luxembourg after that, and then in
April a week after we had moved inhere, we went off to Palm Springs inCalifornia for a week with Goodyear.In November we will be in Hong Kongfor a week, again on a Goodyear Trip.
I think next year
AROUND AND ABOUT
Dave HALLWARD 4730 and 4158Tim WEIMER popped across toRhayader in Powys, I'ollowing the An-nual Broadway Braai. Here they hadlunch wIth 4754Bill I REEMAN,who was in goodshape, sends greet-ings to all, andlooks forward to be-conl lng a nlelnberof the Branch.
will be an "athome" year. "NOT A GASP BUT A
HURRAHMike 6344"Spike" WERN-ER's productionof a BSAP Ringhas been wellreceived by allthat took up his
productionoffer. Th esccan now be or-dered individu-ally I not as abulk order) as
I red White 4090was off line for ashort tinle when hcmoved to Nepean,Ontario, Canada.1'he reason for themove at this time oflife is to be nearerhis sons. From Comox, Vancouver itis a round trip of'six thousand miles byroad just to visit them. This time thetrip will only be three thousand miles,which hc expects to accomplish in sixdays. I red's new address appears laterin this edition and his new email is&bsapcagayahoo. corn&
required. There is an 8-week deliverytime to allow I'or manufacture. Ringscan now be ordered over the Internetwith payment by credit card. I'orthose of you who do not have thisfacility, your Hon. Sec. will handle thetransaction on your behalf if you sup-ply the details. 1 hose on the Internetcan view the product and place ordersby chccl'ing Spike's page on the wcb&http: //CI Ix.to/bs'lp&
Bev JABOOR Wp I 15 advises that sheand JB have a new email address athonle. &jaboorpa, Inciworld, corn& They
As you know the last Broadway Braaiwas held in August this year. It is withgreat appreciation that we have just re-ceived over f500.00 as a final donationto our I unds from the great team whohave given us twenty wonderful annualevents. Our most sincere thanks to all ofyou at Group 4 and Broadway, whocontributed so much to our pleasure, andespecially to Dick Ray and Allen Lucas.
Derek JEWSON 6680 is with OdysseyManagement Services in Berkshire. Hefeels for those who stayed on in Zim-babwe and who have no means of sup-port other than a pension, which buysnothing. Derek keeps contact with5998 Ian Dunbar, currently inRuwanda, and 6684 John Wells whonow lives somewhere north of Hararein the bush. Some 4 months ago,whilst in Jo'burg Derek met up with7461 Peter Grant and 7044/ 7844 Gra-ham Freeman, both ex BulawayoTraffic. He had not seen either of themfor 30 years. "We had lunch at a Hotelnear Jo'burg Airport as I was off toCape Town later. I slept the wholeflight!" Derek's message to "Dumpy"Dunbar is "Dunbar's opinion of me onbeing a tightwad is these days some-what far off the mark. (Ian, I canconfirm that —MLL)
Mike YOKO 8816 is still in Dubai asthe Group Director of Security for theJumeirah Beach Hotel & Resort. "Weopened our Water Park, named theWild Wadi, last month and will beopening the tallest all suite hotel in theworld later on this year. I.ollowing thatin the first few months of next year, wewill open a twin tower project in downtovvn Dubai - another hotel, office com-plex and shopping centre. So they arekeeping rne busy as you can see. I
managed to get two weeks away inSouth Africa recently and caught upwith 110620? Rob Macllwaine. I alsoran into 4380 Pat McCullough last yearin IIilton South Africa. " Following arecruiting trip to Nepal, Mike now hashis own company of Gurkha's workingfor him.
Clive NEWTON 5887 has downsizedhis home pending full retirement.Clive had a short break in the York-shire Dales and took the trouble to dropin on 5219 Roger BOOTH in his shop"Sweet Sensations" in Kirby Lonsdale.
Peter ROWSELL 4807 returned toAfrica just before our winter started.As he said, "It's good to be home.Once an African, always an African. "He had a holiday in the UK fromPietermaritzburg. Staying with familyin Cheddar, he made contact with 4809John TURK as well as 3291 BillEARLE, 3749 Stan EDWARDS, 4808Don RUSSELL, 4797 Bob PAGETTand 5647 Jack COPLEY by phone.Without transport he found traveldifficult. He sends regards to all andapologies to those he did not makecontact with. With John TURK's helpthey managed to account for all of theirrecruit squad apart from 4802 Beasleyand 4803 Heatherington.
Mike O' HARA 4563 has moved into adelightful cottage in St. Just, Cornwall.The picture makes it look idyllic. Beprepared to repel boarders Mike.
Ken WALKER 3989 spent 6 weeks inthe summer on holiday from Spainwhen most of England was going in theopposite direction. He was horrified atthe price increases since his last visitsome three years ago and agrees withrecent press comments that we are allbeing "ripped off" financially.
Tony ELDRIDGE P/r in Gonubie, RSAhas had his book "Just Out Of Sight"
published. The book is in two sections,the first covering his service duringWorld War ll and the second hisI'ATU activities. I Ie plainly enjoyedre-living an eventful life when conlmit-tlng lt to papel' which conic thlotl&" h sothat the readers will enjoy sharing itwith him. The "good read" will beavailable at all good bookshops„ is pub-lished by Minerva Press and sells atf9.99. In the event of difficultiesquote ISBN 1-86106759-3.
Joe SAYER 3983 still maintainscontact, not only with our Branch, butwith several members both here andoverseas. The fact that his health stillgives cause for concern, does not pre-vent him making the effort tocommunicate, and clearly it is a mag-nificent effort. I-Iis blackouts continueand the specialists he has been referredto have been unable to control them sofar. Joe, we are all keeping ourflngers crossed for you —and pray for apositive result soon.
Nigel 5976 and Pauline SEAWARDhave been in touch by email. Sadly hewas unablc to continue as Natal's I lonSec in light of rctircment, and the dis-tance and cost of travel to the meetingsin Durban. Nigel has now retired andlives at Inchanga Park. Situated be-tween Pinetown and Pietermaritzburgthe house site overlooks the Valley ofA Thousand Hills. His next plan is along holiday visiting their son Paul in
Australia. If it can be arranged hewould like to settle there!
65„and has taken the time to sit backand reflect. "On returning to the UK in
January 1989 I had to start afresh likeso many others before me. I haveturned my hand to work as a bursar ata Riding Therapy School in the NewI'orest and worked on a turkey farm in
Dorset. Then as a civilian clericalofficer with theD o r s e tConstabulary, fol-lowed by quality
'&&& section work withGroup 4 inBroadway. FinallyI came to Chelten-ham as residentl11 a n a g e r fo r ablock of retirement
leasehold flats. All in Ten Years! Inretirement I have moved into councilsheltered housing but I will need somepart time employment to help me meetmy basic commitments. I thoroughlyenjoy Outpost to catch news of myformer colleagues. I would particularlylike to extend best wishes to my squadmates, Bill Linfield, Bill Esler, DaveNorris and Mike Taylor to name but afew, and to those who may remembernl e.
Neal 3004 ARDEN's appetite for crea-tive flair does not seem to weaken. Heis pressing ITV to produce a light com-edy series he has written, and similarlyBBC an "historical thing about RichardIII which denies most of the defama-tory material appearing in Shake-speare's play". Not bad for almost 90years young. MLI
Hoppy HOPKINS 5659 has been"forced" into retirement at the age of Brian PARNABY 5310 is spending I2
months from last April in Natal. Hewill be back in December and hopes toattend the Galgate gathering on 11thDecember. IJe hopes to be in Zimba-bwe during November with 4564 PeterREYNOLDS and 5470 Buddy Deetlefshaving been stationed with them atRhodesville in the '50's.
Pat PATERSON 3663 thanks all con-cerned for his copy of Outpost. He,like many, is saddened by the Roll ofHonour and comments, "It seems thatthe Grim Reaper has been hard at itagain!"
John NEALE 4996 responded to therequest for views on the MountedOfficer. He is most impressed and hestands in pride of place on hismantelpiece. He would be interested ina Patrolling Policeman and would beinterested in any follow-up. Thankyou John for making contact. Anothermember queried the dress of a patrol-ling policeman, claiming the manufac-turer had little idea, thinking we pa-trolled with a lance. Sadly this was aphone call to the Hon Sec and I cannotrecall who made contact with me!Sorry!
near the Royals, and no cameras (oralcohol) were permitted. We soon re-vived ourselves with a few dramsafterwards. I he summer holiday hadbeen spent in the Isle of Paxos, IonianIslands. Only seven miles long andthree wide it was idyllic, but you needto like Greek food, sandy beaches andboats. The crossing from Corfu in a 25knot launch was great fun. " Bert en-joyed Stan EDWARD's article thoughadmitted not having seen the IsolatedGraves Book. (It was in the GeneralRecord Book on most stations! ML)Bert remembers 4334 Ray SIMPSONand 4183 Trevor STEADMAN andwonders what news of them now.(Bert, according to my records, Ray isa member of the Bulawayo Branch andTrevor is with the Harare Branch-MLL)
Visitors to the UK this summer whotook the trouble to make contact in-cluded 4816 Barry Dodd and 6029Jamie Tennant from Zimbabwe
H.N. V. Nigel CUERDEN 5826 arrivedin the UK in October to try and estab-lish a new life. We are awaiting hisapplication for membership forms!
Bert SELLEY 4586 seems to have hada busy year. The highlight was beinginvited to the Royal Garden Party atHolyrood Palace. Out came the bestsuit and the moths were released!Cherry splashed out with a nice newoutfit. "It was a hot day", says Bert,"and the heating on the Edinburgh traindid not help matters. It was a colourfulscene with two Regimental Bands inattendance. It was impossible to get
lan DUNBAR 5998 is in Kigali, Ru-wanda and sends his thanks for thelatest Outpost. "Congratulations, asalways, to all concerned in thepublication. I see my exploits of longago have made it into print at last - Ihad forgotten I had sent it in. I'unnyhow the mention of a name can bringn1emories flooding back. If anyonehad asked me for the name of the FortVic. Magistrate's Clerk in the early 60s,
I would have been stumped'? Howeveras soon as I saw the name Belle Pottcr-ton in the Central Nolcs, I could pictureMiss Potterton (as she always was) asthough it was yesterday. Also thcdaughter, Liz, who was one of the mostsought after young ladies in town at thetime! I had lunch with my formertravelling companion Derek JEWSONthe other day but, otherwise, rely onemail to keep in touch. Regards to all-lan. "
Contingent Dick was there in 1959 forthc Macmillan "winds of change"' tour.I here was some trouble outside of Ry-all's Hotel, which led to strong criti-cism of the Police. The commission of'
inquiry exonerated the I.orce and saidthat there was only enough blood spiltto fill a inustard spoon. I'his commentled to the I'ormation of the MustardSpooners and Dick wonders if there areany other readers who are members?Dick still has his spoon with the blobof red sealing wax. The isolatedGraves reference brought back memo-ries of Goromonzi when Larry TUKEwas I/c. Dick had the task of visitingand clearing the graves from time to
time, and he often re-
Martin EDWARDS 5947 sent hisapologies for the Dinner from Canada.Having retired from Portugal and backto Ontario, Canada, he went straightback to work as theExport DevelopmentAdvisor for the 13usi-ness Development Cor-poration's Quinte BayRegion. As the ExportDevelopment Initiativeis sponsored by the Ca-nadian I. ederalGovernment, he con-siders that he is "notquite a Civil Servant again!"
flected on the hardlife the occupantsmust have led. LenJoullulg was also I/cthere and was veryknowledgeable abouttheir history and fasci-nating about theirlives. (Thanks for theresume Dick —M I.I.)
Did you attend Broadwaythis year'? If not you missedthe best gathering ever. Ifyou did, you may have lost atie? Alan TOMS has it insafe keeping. If you candescribe it, it could be yours!
Dick SMALLSHAW 5391 was pleasedto see the mention of thc May serviceof Coinmemoration & Thanksgiving atWestminster Abbey. Dick was alsothere and delighted to meet SheilaBEVAN (3790) and her daughter. AI-though at Waterfalls with 5468 MickWOOD he does not recall the "Corpseon the Bike" incident, but recalls thatthe Landrover was rarely available, andoften used a bicycle for his five weel'patrol of Sel'e Reserve. Though notactually a member of thc Nyasaland
Murray HARRISON 4851 retired inDecember. Like all good staff men,
Our facilities were used to good effectwhen a member was seeking informa-tion with regard to a deceased parent ofthe member's son's ncw wife. Thedeceased was 9182 Bruce Baker whowas killed in action in 1976. Ourhistorian, Cliff Rogers was able tomake one lady very happy, with detailsand copies of the obituary. Sadly shenever met her father as she was onlyborn after his death.
his retirement home is within the com-plex where he has been employed forso long, so the move will not betraumatic.
Ron GUILD 8743 found the distanceand expense just too much to attendour dinner from Dundee. As recom-pense he meets with Bert SELLEY,Alistair BULMAN, Mike JACK, andDick EDIE at the quarterly luncheongathering of the Palestine Police OldComrades Association, where theyhave a BSAP table. During 1999, tokeep the links open, the BSAP contin-gent met at the house of Alistair BUL-MAN for an afternoon in January andat Mike JACK's home in July.Peter CLAASSEN 8735 visited the UKin August from Cape Town. He madecontact with his squad mate 8743 RonGUILD and they managed to meet inEdinburgh. Ron was Peter's best manand they have not met for over twentyyears! Peter extends greetings to allex-members.
Clive TAPPER 4703 sent his dinnerapologies for absence from Cypruswith a note that he is enjoying thesunshine and that they have not hadrain since last March. (Bu!!y for youClive —from a cold wet damp miserableday in England —MLL)
John TURK 4809 thoroughly enjoyedhis trip to the south-west to link upwith his squad mate, visiting fromRSA. 4807 Peter ROWSELL madecontact so John popped down for ashort five hours natter catching up withthe last 47 years! John has also visitedthe new display at the National ArmyMuseum —"Ashes and Blood" covered1795 to 1914 in South Africa, coveringmainly the Zulu and the Boer War."When one considers that 16,000Australians, 8,000 Canadians and 6,500New Zealanders were in the Boer war,one realises why Rhodesia rarely gets amention in programs about the war.The BSAP were quality not quantity.
"John enjoyed the Natal Bugle Tape, butthe most moving part for him was Den-nis Marshall's rendition of Dave Black-er's poem at the end. Saddened by thenews of Jim PAINE's passing, Johnrecalled how he had seen Jim's bikeattached to the railings outside the Im-perial War Museum in London whichwas a regular mode of travel for Jimwho lived in Southampton. John con-cludes by saying, "I remember sittingat the bar before the 1989 CentenaryDinner and looking round thinking"Everyone a real man and some char-acters amongst them, so different fromthe people I worked with in the UKc i v i I serv ice".
Guy TODD 4239 has emigrated to theSouth Island of New Zealand. Weshall miss his support especially hisartistic talents, which endorse our Out-post from time to time. Good LuckGuy.
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SQUAD 7/73 REUNIONI t w a s w I t h '" r e 'I t cx c I t c n1 cn t t h a t I
travelled to the Pilancsberg Game Re-serve in the Northern Transvaal at thcbeginning of December '98 for thcHSAP Squad 7/73 reunion, to join myf'ormer squadmates for our 25 year an-niversary "bash in the bush".
I joined the BSAP fresh from univer-sity and met a group of young menfrom all walks of life, many of whomhave remained firm friends for the pasttwo and a half decades. I remember therecruiting slogan (designed by FredMason, then recruiting officer, whosubsequently went on to do an MBA),that "3 years in the BSAP was betterthan having a university degree" whereI was used as the "bait" to tempt othersinto joining up from university. Turn-ing down a staff job, I joined the restof thc squad as a rookie and quitefrankly have never looked back- cer-tainly the best days of my life!This was a sentiment echoed by all ofthose present at the reunion. Yes, ofcourse, we had all aged, some hadbecome unrecognisable as their per-sonal body contours had changed forthc worse- others- like Kieran Allen-had become middle-aged Adonis's- afeat possible when training for thecomrades marathon, and recentlyawarded his permanent number for 10completions. Those who brought theirfamilies along gave us all an opportu-nity to get to meet and know them- and25 years seemed like yesterday, asreminiscences were exchanged.
lt all happened because of the power ofthe !nternet. Over the past 25 years, I
only knew of the whcrcabouts of 2other squadmates out of some 25
(Lovett and Hagan); but the sister of anold school friend was married to an-other (Paul Garnctt), and put me intouch with Paul. Paul was in regularcontact with Ker Robinson, and the twoof them kicked off thc squad reunionidea. Then the search for other squad-mates began, with over 75% beingfound before the big event.Those present were the following:Ker Robinson(SA), Paul Garnett andSimon Lovett from Australia, DuncanChase from Argentina, Tony Grangerfrom the UK, Allan O'Driscoll, AllanShout, Allen Spiers, Ernie Wevell,Harry Edwards, Kiaran Allen, MikeFisher, from South Africa, GrahamBrand from Zimbabwe, were the Squad7/73 representatives (with wives, girl-friends and children) at the reunion.Included also were our squad instructorJannie Stcenkamp, and John Sutton,Chairman of the Transvaal Branch ofthe Regimental Association and theirwives, and Kcr's brother who helpedorganise the event.Those contacted but unable to make it,were Tony Strugnell (flying), DaveMead (farming), Mike Wilton(embalming), Keith Lowe, DaveBrown (piping), Peter Allen (deceased)and the following were not found be-fore the reunion commenced: NickWhite, Barry Townley, Pat Clancy(since discovered slumming it inDurban), Danlc I reeke, JohannPotgieter, Andre Loubser.We all gathered in the Pilanesberg onthe Friday and partied through toSunday/Monday, enjoying each other' scompany and getting to grips with dec-ade old jokes and experiences. Golfand watersports were arranged for
those who could stomach exercise, andthe oxbraai was magnificent! Mostmade it to Sun City to lose somemoney before the Gala Dinner (is Gra-ham Brand still missing?) where
speeches were made by John Sutton,Jannia Steenkamp and Ker Robinson toname a few. We left, planning the nextone In five years' time- an event not tobe missed. - By Tony Grammy, er 9086
THE RECIMENTAL VIDEOCelebrate the coming of the 21st Century with this visual record of thc 110years since the founding of The Regiment. Recapture the mood of the earlyyears and imagine what troopers in 1899 must have felt at the approach ofthe 20th Century! This 90-minute video is the result of the project initiatedby the United Kingdom Branch of the British South Africa Police Regi-mental Association three years ago. Now in its final stage of production„the video captures previously unpublished photographs and film, togetherwith interviews and reminiscences from our Members. The video featuresnew and old views of the Rhodesia we knew so well.All video film and cassettes will be individually numbered, and registeredin the name of the person ordering that copy. The video will be supplied inPAL format unless requested otherwise. Overseas orders should state anydifferent requirement, e.g NTSC or PAL-SECAM.Price is X20 Sterling, including VAT and postage within the UK. Overseasorders must be accompanied by an extra X3 to cover post and packing.Cheques to be made out to - Group D - using the form below. You canreserve your copy by fax to Jim Hazlett at 024 76 343176 or by email toGroupDQabtinternet. corn
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CENTRALIIugh I'hillips opens his Septembernews let tel' by annollnc lug his ncwemail address which is&hughpoq, icon. co.zw& and we have ex-tracted the relevant hits for your en-lightenment and edification!"I'm starting off with thc first of threeOutposts I' ve received (and one CybcrOutpost). Dave Blacker, in his surveyof Cape News in the Western Capeoutpost, mentions that I lennie Cil1iers8010 and Ray Delorie 6975 havejoined forces to form their own com-pany "Pestnet" which operates fromDurbanville, that Dick Marett 4887 hasbeen a recent visitor and that lan Page8792, though still with Shell, has re-turned to the Cape from Mossel Hay.Other visitors have included DaveHallward 4736, (now back in England),Don 5231 and Sylvia Rowland whoaim to settle in the Somerset West area,Ernie Van Staden 10147 from Zim. ,Mike Reeler 8299, who appears to haveleft Botswana without due ceremonyand has returned to the Cape and HillEsler 5468, who is now happily en-sconced with chickens and chisel inDarling. We echo the congratulationsextended to Rob MacLean 8244, onbeing awarded his South African col-ours for canoeing.I'icking up ihe Cybernet, f'romBotswana, I note that Carl Hurry isnow in Hulawayo and working for(Ray Wheeler' s) Guard Alert. Otherex- lnembers mentioned include StcvcRobins 7192 now settled in StockportVK from Hong Kong; Paul Naish6836, ln Dill blln from where Ilc tal'esconducted tours of thc nlnclccnth ccn-
tury Natal and I'ree State battlefle!ds, (Ihave his email address should anyonebe interested - IICP). Paul conductsguided tours in Malawi, following Liv-ingstone's route, and is also planningvisits to Kilwa and Mafia islands offthe coast of Tanzania. Sounds a veryinteresting life and probably somethingof a niche in the market.
My next Outpost is from PortElizabeth, the Algoa Outpost. It startsoff with a threat (or promise - dependshow you look at it) that this will be thelast edition unless members "pullfinger". Come on you chaps in theWindy City- keep the flag flying! AlanI abre mentions that socials have at-tracted only 12 to 16 members andguests, and nearly always the samepeople but, surprise, surprise, for theAGM twenty-six people rolled up! Iwas quite impressed by the ideas thatwere floated for events a bit differentfrom the monthly socials- a mid-yeardinner dance- a Breakaway to somedestination to be decided upon- bulkbookings for shows- dinner andmovies; travelling suppers. Though allhave some merit, it is really the pleas-ure of a casual pint with old friendsthat beats everything else, and it's re-ally worthwhile to make that effort ona regular basis.The last Outpost comes from Australiaand has the front page adornment ofI'ield Marshall Lord Kitchener - he ofthe stiffened mustache (that's an alter-native spelling - HCP) and pointingfinger - demanding that YOV join theAustralian Branch NOW. DickHamley, in his ruthless pursuit of newl11 col bers quotes Harold Mac m i lian swell-known, 'lt is a»reat thing, atsome tinle in your life, to be associated
with something that is quite first class."Dick has received letters from Jill andAlf Jones 5373, in Regina, Canada andit appears that Alf has suffered a majorheart attack on top of long timediabetes. Anyone who wishes to get intouch with Alf may get his email ad-dress from me.Now to various other titbits of news.On email, via Andy field, comes arequest from New Zealand (RonPilborough, I think) for a photograph ofSibankwazi. If anyone has a pictureand I'm damned sure I' ve seen onesomewhere, let me know and I' ll testout Andy's ability to send pictures bysatellite! John Carrol 6519, came upfrom PMB. We talked for well overtwo hours about ex-members livinghere and about the contingents in theNatal Midlands - Phil Mingard, now afitness fanatic, Peter Rowsell, MacWiltshire, Sandy Jessop and manyothers. John now runs a lawnmowerrepair shop with a profitable sideline in
chain saws, in Howick. He welcomesvisitors (particularly if their mowersaren't working!), is thinking of takingin an extra assistant and, of course,sends his best wishes to his manyfriends in this country, especially toDerry Carter. In response to the letterfrom Michael Fisher, Tony Brown(who must be among the last veteransof Dunkirk) phoned me to say that hehas nothing to do with the Senior Citi-zens' Club but IS the Director Generalof The Legion in Zimbabwe. Tony hasjust returned from a large convention in
the West Indies, during which he metPrince Philip. What's more thc"Dook" knows where Zimbabwe is!(And you thought they just hunt foxes!)Tom Mercer 4493, dropped me a line
from Mutare to say that he's heard fromRoy Harris 4011 and 5069, whom heonce accompanied on the piano at aconcert in Lochinvar and who wishesto be remembered to Ken Rowland,Jack Hammond, Bill Buchanan and PR"Ginger" Matthews. Roy's address is122 Whitton Dene, Hounslow, Mddx.TW3 2JU. Tom also mentions thatGeoff Watson 3927 would like to con-tact Peter Coolbear and others of hisintake; that would include Bill Earleand Howard Jones. Geoff and Madgeare at Box 2752, Mutare. Regardingyour last request, Tom, no record of aBruce Blamire, I'm afraid. Congratula-tions to Dave Young for winning thePersonnel Practitioner of the Yearaward. Dave's picture with a magnifi-cent trophy appeared in "The BusinessHerald". Attached to a list of CovosBooks, and there are some very inter-esting titles available, especially formilitary historians, I have come upon apiece of paper which says, DigbyPocock (ex CID), PO. Box 2562, PortAlfred 6170 Cape. My bemused mindtells me that someone, somewhereasked for his whereabouts or address.This is not a plug for Chris Cocks ofCovos, but a genuine attempt to makesomeone, somewhere, happy!The Harare and Central AGMs werewell attended back in June and, apartfrom Tony Machan 5949, offering hisservices (oh! that there were more likehim) there was little change in the rul-ing elite. One surprise at the end of themeeting was the presentation of a cer-tificate to Hugh Phillips conferringupon him Ilonorary Life Presidentstatus. (This was a very great honour, acomplete surprise and I am very proudto have joined an illustrious band). An-
other most worthy recipient is BillScholium. Writing comes easily, butbeing chairman for 22 years would belike a life sentence in San Quentin toinc!'However, back to the AGM whichwas attended by Basil Andrew, DennisAnderson, Peter Bellingham, RonBlackmore, Syd Bristow, Alee Blair,Jack Bacon, Peter Bell, "Ten" Carr,Dave de Burgh Thomas, Bill Fllway,Dave Elder, Gerry Gibson, DaveHawks, Jack Hammond, GuyHoughton, Norman Hill, Ieuan Hem-mings who will shortly be living nearTintern in the Wye Valley, ChrisJohnson, I. Jameson 902641, M. Lear92015, Bill Linfield, "Tacky"Macintosh, Tony Machan, RoyMullins, Hilda Oliver 202956, HughPhillips, Bryan Pym, Mike Rowley, Pe-ter Robinson, Mike Robinson, RichardSeward, I rank Strobel, "Sandy" San-ford 4064, Peter Tomlinson, JamieTennant, Ralph Thompson and RonWarren. We had apologies from AlanRich, Ken Stanford Smith, RogerGillet, 13ert Frcemantle and MikeBloom I i e Id.
Before I list the attendance at the lastI-larare Sundowner, a small story: PeterBellingham asked Dawn, my wife, toconduct the draw for a bottle ofwhisky. I-Ier delicate I'ingers disap-peared into the drum and ticket number"Green 295" was announced. To roarsof lau hter, shouts of "fiddled" and"corruption", it was her husband whoheld the winning ticket and had to walkup, collect the bottle - and kiss thelady! (Wc should have both rushed outand bought a lottery ticket!). Ratherthan name everybody, I' ve omitterl thenames of those who were at the AGMtile plev iotls lllonth, I ve also, i'athei
unkindly, listed them in order ofappearance, in other words, first to thebar!
Brian Firth 8307, Eddic 4789 and JoanMatchett, who had decided to have abreak from the bickerings of MessrsTrimble, Hume, Adams and Blair andleave Bell'ast in favour of the family inllarare, Aileen Coetzcr„Alan Rich,Basil Chard„Brian Darling, TerryYoung, Ken Stanford-Smith, RodFinnigan, Bill Buchanan, MikeO'Donnell 6527 (on holiday fromDurban), Isabel (Cook) and Eric Ross,Mike Fox 7458, Roger Dillon 4725,Nigel Gabriel, Mike Harvey 6121,Clive Levy 91568, Martin Kay 8235, S.Bouchet 13945G, Brian Taylor„AustinWilmot, "Taffy" Morgan, Les Purse,Ted Mallon, N. Rowlett PR 8047 W,Ralph Williams 5673, Maxie McDon-ald 5927, Harry Wood 7895 (sendingbest wishes to Terry Keen), and I thinkthe only widow attending on quite acold evening, Connie Vowles.George Stuart and Joan have been me-andering through the Natal Midlandsand joined Steve and Mary Stephensfor lunch one day. Pat McCulloch wasalso a guest and has apparently takenup Bowls in a big way, certainly to theextent of being the local chairman.Such activity may, of course, be a sortof defence against his wife' s(Rosemary) charitable commitments!Roger Dillon was askiiig after ex-lnembers in the Big Apple and out ofthe Field hat popped an Email fromGeorge Dyas 5361.I phoned Alan Stock 6063 (editor ofthe first Outpost) to find out how hewas. Apparently fit, but out of worl atpresent. He did mention having metTed Crawford (presuinably 6449) now
living in Warminster, UK, TerryYoung met 5811 "RAM" Harvey quiterecently and was asked to pass on goodwishes to former cricketers andcolleagues, Tony Axworthy, John VanZyl, Derek Russell and Doug Dalziel.
BODY LANGUAGEThere was a merchant of Baghdad whosent his servant to the market place tomake a purchase. In a short while theservant came back in great agitation."Master, Master, lend me your swiftesthorse that I may go to Aleppo. " Whenthe merchant asked why, the servantreplied, "When I was in the marketplace just now, I saw DEATH andwhen he saw me he made a threateninggesture, so please let me ride swiftlyaway and spend the night in Aleppo?"I'he master gave him his best horse andsent him on his way. The Master thenwent to the market place and on seeingDEATH asked him, "When my servantwas here a short while ago you made athreatening gesture to him, why?"DEATH replied, "That was not athreatening gesture. It was a look ofastonishment at seeing him here inBaghdad for I have an appointmentwith him tonight in Aleppo!" (Anon—Submitted by 3362 E.A. Allison)
VIVA LA DIFERENCEA language instructor was explainingto her class that French nouns, unliketheir English counterparts, are gram-matically designated as masculine orfeminine. Things like chalk or pencil, '
she described, would have a genderassociation although in English, thesewords were of neutral gender.
Puzzled, one student raised his handand asked, "What gender is acomputer?"
The teacher wasn't certain which itwas, and so divided the class into twogroups and asked them to decide if acomputer should be masculine orfeminine. One group was composed ofthe women in the class, and the otherof men. Both groups were asked togive four reasons for 'theirrecommendation.
The group of women concluded thatcomputers should be referred to in themasculine gender because:1. In order to get their attention, youhave to turn them on.2. They have a lot of data but are stillclueless.3. They are supposed to help yousolve your problems, but half the timethey ARE the problem.4. As soon as you commit to one, yourealise that, if you had waited a littlelonger, you could have had a hettermodel.
Thc men, on the other hand, decidedthat computers should definitely be re-ferred to in the feminine genderbecause:1. No one but their creator understandstile I I Internal logic.2. The native language they use tocommunicate with other computers isincomprehensible to everyone else.3. Even your smallest mistakes arestored in long-term memory for laterretrieval.
4. As soon as you make a commitmentto one, you find yourself spending halfyour pay cheque on accessories for it.
THE' SIE&GE& OF E&LANDSRIVE&R
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After the relief of Mafeking a smallpost was established on the farnlBrakfontein, a kilometre east of thcElands River, near the present-day vil-lage of Swartruggens. The post wasmanned by: 198 Rhodesians made upof: 101 Southern RhodesiaVolunteers,22 Rhodesia Regiment, 63 Mashona-land Squadron RR, 8 British South Af-rica Police, 4 Protectorate Regimentand 307 Australians made up ot: 145Queensland Mounted Infantry, 11]New South Wales Bushmen, 51 Victo-ria Bushmen.
The post was commanded by ColonelC.O. Hore who, for several weeks, keptup a connection with Mafeking andZeerusi, policing the district, and for-warding supplies to Rustenhurg. TheSRV was under the command of MajorH. Hopper of the BSAP and the SRVincluded a number of BSAP volunteers.Thc canlp was on flat ground in thecentre of an amphitheatre of some fiveacres in extent. Two small hills on thesouth-west edge were held by CaptainA. Sandy Butters of the SRV and I ieu-tenant Zouch of the NSWB.On either side of the camp, runningalmost directly east/west and parallel tothe Rustenhurg road, were a series oflow ridges. A blockhouse on a nearbyboulder-strewn kopje south of the camphoused the camp headquarters and tel-egraph office and the anlnltlnition sup-ply was stored in a stone laager.No inovcnlent liad been allowe(I out ofthe c'1 pl p s i ncc 23 J u ly and conse-quently it had becon1e overcrowded
with men and stores. Hore only had anold 7lb ML gun and two Maxim ma-chine g&uns but the garrison anticipatedan attack and had built shallowtrenches, low sangers and shelters fromox wagons, biscuit boxes and bags offlour.
At the beginning of August, Lord Rob-erts decided that isolated garrisonswere to be evacuated and General F.Carrington was ordered to march toElands River to cover Hore'sretll'enleni.
On 3 August 1900 a convoy of 80wagons from Zeerust arrived at thepost to load the stores and to await thearrival of the escort of about I 200 mcnunder General Carrington.The escort was already en route fromMafel'ing but, that night, while a greatc'1nlpfire concert was going on, Gen-eral J.l-l. De la Rey with 3 guns, 3 pornpon1s ancl 3 Maxin1s, and some 900nlen tinder himself, Commandant Lem-iner and Conln1andant PieterSteenkamp, were surroundiilg the post.Lcnlnlcl' an(1 his nlcn took lip posliloi'ison ihe northern linc of ridges and Dc laRey rnovcd a couple of his guns onto ahill to the south-east of the camp. Us-Ing ihc banks of thc Elands Rivcl' anclone of its tributaries as cover, hepushed forward two groups whose taskit was to cut the garrison off from itswater supply.
By 2am on 4th August De la Rey'scomn1andos were in position. At firstlight a watering party left the camp forthe river and blundered intoStecnkiln1p s Rtlstcnburg commando.The oiitbrcak of firing was the signal toI h c h I d cl c n g il n s 'I n d I I f I c nl c n w h 0opcnc(1 lip on i. hc post from the west,
east and. south-east.The headquarters kopje was hit firstand the telegraph knocked out. Withinhours some of the defenders and mostof the thousands of horses had beenkilled or seriously injured. The shellingended with nightfall and the defenderscould count the cost. Five dead andtwenty-seven wounded. There was nosinging that night; all the defenders setabout improving their shelters whichhad been dug into the slate on whichthe camp was sited.On the 5th the shelling resumed andwithin a few hours 600 shells hadfallen on the camp but the improve-ments to the shelters was so effectivethat very few casualties were caused.The most pressing problem facing thepost, however, was the lack of water,and so sorties were organised at nightto get water from the Elands River,under the careful watch of Butters andhis Rhodesians. Their action undoubt-edly saved the garrison.In the meanwhile Carrington's partywas approaching and, although hisscouts discovered some Boers positionsto the north and some gun positions,the standard of scouting was so inad-equate that, in spite of capturing a well-defended kopje some four kilometresfrom the river, it took only a smallparty of Boers under Lemmer to forceCarrington, now within sight of thecamp (indeed, a small group of his menhad actually reached the river), to re-treat in great haste. As Carrington wenthe destroyed tonnes of valuable storesat Groot Marico, Zeerust andOttoshoop.The defenders of Elands River postwere on their own again and De la Rey
sent a messenger into the camp de-manding their surrender. The garrisonrefused to surrender and De la Reyrecommenced his bombardment of thepost. Back in Rustenburg the belief wasthat the post had surrendered but asignal between De la Rey and De Wetwas intercepted which indicated thatthe post was still very much occupiedand so Lord Kitchener despatched astrong force under General Broadwoodwho relieved the post on 17th August1900.After the siege H. W. Wilson said: "Thesight and smells were as terrible asthose in Cronje's laager at Paardeberg,and certainly, this defence must standamongst the most honourable achieve-ments of the war. "
THE BSAP TRUSTThe Trustees have concluded theannual exercise to invite memberswhose covenants have expired, torenew and increase theircovenants. As at thc end ofSeptember, thirty-seven membershave generously renewed for aminimum of four years resultingin an annual income of $920 fromthese members alone. On behalfof all the membership, we thankthem for their generosity. Theincome tax reclaim for 1998amounted to X1,153.81 being in-come on top of covenant pay-ments at no extra cost to themembers concerned. This is avaluable source of income andthose of you who are not cov-enanting are encouraged to recon-sider and contact the 1-lon. Sec.
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Reading David Cr ivcn's rcceiitly pub-lished book "Mapolisa", I noticed thathe touched on the subject of "Battlehonours" achieved by the BSAI'. Thisintrig&ued me as I had never heard thismatter raised over the years and I wasnot aware that we had any. I looked atthe War Office file covering this sub-Jcct and this shows wc have ilcvclachieved a Battle I-Ionour. The BSAPwere turned down for the battle honour"South Africa" for service in the SouthAfrican War and never applied for anyothers. The criteria used stated that aunit had to have more that 50 % of itsstrength plus regimental HQ staff en-gaged in thc field together to qualify.'I'he BSAP protested against this deci-sion via the High Commissioner for S.Africa but again it was turned down.'I'he protest stated that they had attimes during the war in excess of 835officers and men under arms for over ayear. Unfortunately they did not fight'ls ol1c unit.
!however we find thc Wiltshire Yeo-manry who served throughout the hvar
in St I-Iclena guarding Boer I'risoners,sleeping in warm beds and without ashot fired in anger, given tlic SA Warb il I t. I c h 0 I1 0 i I I' ' S t H e I c il '1 f0 I theirservice. Other yeon1anry units g&ot
similar honours for the same type ofduty in various spots in theMediterranean. The trouble seems tohave been that the BSAP, with theirexperience of local conditions, weresplit up to assist the varioiis coluinnsiii1cl i1cvcl served all togcthci. It woii!dsccill thiit 'l rcgiillcilt with;1 iliiillbcl' of
retired»enerals who had once servediii1der their colours, lobbied for there iili1cllt to have a battle hoi1oiit. Theauthorities were also worried aboiit thenuinber of' battle honours being desig-i1atcd and claimed. Think of thc cost tothe treasury of embroidering all thoseilailics oil llew i'cgiillciltal colours!
Jack BROWN 4837 was in Bulawayoin 1953/1954 when he did the "Mato-pos Run". This was a race on motor-cycles to the Matopos Hotel who had aboard displaying the fastest times. TheI.orce honour was at stake as the RAPfrom Heaney regularly increased theirtimes, under their Squadron numbers.Three BSAP members were the con-testants and it was Jack who won onthis occasion. The speed warranted theBSAP being placed at the top of thelist. Suitable celebrations were heldbut the return journey was not withoutincident. One member, now resident inNew Zealand decided to burst throughf'rom the rear, between the others.Crash bars connected, and Jack'sGoldcii I lash, SRG 587 careeredthrough the veldt into a tree. The forksiverc damaged and it could not beridden. Back in Bulawayo, a policetrucl was "borrowed" and the sick bikewas ret. rieved. The local CMED manwas more than helpful, straig&hteningthe forks as best he could in the con-fined space of Jack's room. Jack sayshe got away with it! Shortly af'ter-wards the bike was taken and used onescoil diity. The rider had an;iccident,aiid SRG 587 received a brand ncw sctof forl s!
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organ 4743 sent in these photographs which may stir a memory or two.
quad 6/1951. Back row: J. Morgan, W. Bailey, N. Dixon, A. Lake, G. Roberts andie. Front Row: J. Buchanan, P. Ashford, T. Jones and G. Day.
: Bulawayo Cricket Team of 1958/59 o/s Blue lamp, Bulawayo Police Camp. Back. Walker, R. Craker, B. Chalk, J. Walker, T. Tomlinson, A. Knowles and A. Best.ow: T. Tomlin, R. Dyer, J. Morgan, J. Pestell, J. Bowen, T. Oatt and D. Jones.
The Transvaal Annual Dinner held on10th Septem ber, was a roar i ng successwith 155 members and guests presentat the Rosebank I-lotel. Guest Speakerwas Dr. Janice I arquharson, noted his-torian and book reviewer. An auctionof hooks and other memorabilia of thelate Hank Hankinson 's raised R6100.
The Harare Dinner was held the samenight, with some 88 persons attending.Tlteir guest speaker was ChrisAnderson. A strike of "labour" appar-ently did not affect their dinner.
The Inaugural Reunion dinner of theAustralian Branch of the British SouthAfrica Police Regimental Associationtook place at the Wentworth Plaza1lotel, Pcrth on 10'" September 1999.The date chosen followed the traditionof the BSAP holding its dinners on theI. riday occurring nearest to September13 - the anniversary of the date that theUnion I lag was raised in l. ort Salis-bury in 1890. Sixty seven members andguests attended and the Guest Speakerand Guest of Honour was Mr BruceBrennan, Deputy Commissioner(Operations) and State commander ofthe Western Australia Police Service.
7'he folloiving poem has beenpenned by 3004 Neetl zIRDEN, ivhois «pproaching 20 years young, buluho still plays at Moor Park GolfClub In I~ertforclshire.
I'he ice is off the 7th green
The winter's nearly goneAnd here am I, quite like to die,With Spring a-comin' on.Dear Lord, please let me play an-other year,Or two perhaps. At least anotherseason.Unless of course in your good planYou have a better reason.
I know I only drive quite short
But I'm straight. up the fairway.
A hundred yards and fifty more.I'm on the green in four for sure.And vou'll guide my putt straight in
So I "11 be down in five.I' ve got a stroke on handicap
So that's nett four to keep the gamealive.
Whilst golf may not improve mywealth,It's thanks to you I'm in goodhealth.That's why I hope you' ll let mepl ayA good while yet. In fact until mydying day.
P.R.M. COX 4413: 262 HighviewDrive, St.Thomas, Ontario, CanadaNSR 5Z3 NFW MEMBERS
CHANGES OF ADDRESS Mike YOKO 8816: The JumeirahBeach Hotel, P 0 Box 11416, Dubai,IJnited Arab Entirates.
H. J. HOPKINS 5659: 30 WallaceHouse, Buttermere Close, Hatherley,Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL515NZ. Tel:01242 231012.
Bruce James BENNETT 7042:"Dunelm Cottage", 8B High CatonRoad, Stamford Bridge, York YO4I DH. Email at &law. manOavirgin. net&
A. C.F. JESSOP 4937: 3 DunctonWood, 6 Polela Road, Hillcrest 3610,Natal, Republic of South Africa
Kevin David CRAVEN 111044: TheGarth, Bury Lane, Horsell, SurreyGU21 4RR. Tel: 01483 726256.
Clive NEWTON 5887: 18 StukeleyPark, Chestnut Grove, Owl End, GreatStukeley, Cambridgeshire PE17 5AD
T. M. O' HARA 4563: Coach HouseCottage, West Place, St. Just, Cornwall,TR19 7JB. Tel: 01736 786187
Brian PARNABY 5310: C/o 112ABarry's Corner, Queen Street,Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7QD
Steve ROBINS 7192 CPM: 38 Wester-dale Drive, Banks, Southport,Lancashire, PR9 8DG. Tel: 01704233106.
Chris SAXBY P/r 28615: C/o D.M.Dean Hill, (MOD Police), West Dean,Nr. Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 I EY
Fred WHITE 4090: 67 Mount ShannonDrive, Nepean, Ontario, Canada, K2J4C2
James Gordon GREENWOOD 7900:C/o The Durham Arms, 41 DurhamStreet, Vauxhall, London SEI I 5AY.Tel: 020 7735 4542.
Harry NAISMITH 7795: Muir Park,Grange Road, St.Andrews, Fife, Scot-land KY16 8LJ. Tel: 01334 473171.
Mal THURMAN 8338: 162 Crock-hamwell Road, Woodley, Reading RG53JH. Tel: 0118 969 0460. Email at&malrozoa, hotmail. corn&
4586 Hert Selly is looking for-ward to meeting up with his Scot-tish colleagues on 19th Decemberat the HSAP table at this event.Anyone seeking details, contactHert at 01382 778630
B.S.A. POLICE REGIIVIENTAL ASSOCIATION BRANCHES
CENTRAL: Ken Standi'ord-Smith, PO Box UA9, Union Avenue, I larare, Zimbabwe, Tel:(H) Nil, (0)Nil, hdh(ii)id. co.zw
AUSTRALIA: John Seward, 9/71 I:psom Avenue, Itedcliffc 6104, Western Australia, 1'el:(II) Nil, (0)Nil, olivos(ii~primus. corn. au
BORDER: Pauline Van Rooyen, 21 Latimer Street. 13erea, East London 5241, RSA, Tek(11) (043) 7263155 (0) Nil, pvanrooy~((global. co.za
BULAWAYO: Ray Ilerran, 7 I;ssex Road, I lillside, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Tel:(11) (09) 4515, (0)Nil,indunaAaacacia. samara. co.zw
EASTERN CAPE: Alan I'abre, PO 13ox 27648, Green Acres, I'ort I:lizabeth 6057, RSA, Tel;(H) (041)324170 (0) Nil, tccompton~ahotmail. corn
HARARE: Dave Hawkes, PO Box 1860, Ilarare, Zimbabwe, Tel:(II) (04) 700747 (0) Nil
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tvIASVINCO: Robin Bull, PO Box 848, Masvingo, Zimbabwe, Tel:(H) Nil, (0) Nil, Email: Nil
MUTARE: Neville Brent, PO Box 880, Mutare, Zimbabwe, ')el:(II) Nil, (0) Nil, Email: Nil
NATAL: Fred Mason (Chairman), PO Box 6083. Durban 4000, Kwazulu Natal, RSA, Tel:(H) (031) 7024812, (0) (031) 303 2180, weapont(riidbn. lia. net
NEW ZEALAND: John Crisp, 45 Dale Crescent, I'akuranga, Aukland 1706, New Zealand, Tel:(H) (09)576 2091 (0) Nil, Jofacr(Extra. co.nz
TRANSVAAL: Dick Glanville, PO Box 8389, Johannesburg, 2000 RSA, Tel:(H) Nil, (0) (11)477 2793, 448420Qabeltel. co.za
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Will Cornell, 987 Chinotto Circle, Corona, California92881-8390, USA, Tel:(H) (909) 371 6118, (0) (213) 253 3590, bsapusaQaemail. msn. corn
WESTERN CAPF. : Wendy Meyer, PO Box 23804, Claremont, Cape Town 7735, RSA, Tel:(H)Nil, (0) (21) 683 1020, rsamoneyQaiafrica. corn
UNITED KINGDOM BRANCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS 8c TRUSTEFSChairman: Brian Ciihhs 6050 - 54 Penn Way, I etchworth, Ilerts SO6 2811'I'cl (11) k (0) 01462 484508Ilon Secretary Zk 'I rustee: Mil. e Leach 5479 - 5 Winksley Cirove, I(arrogate. N Yorl s IIO3 2SZTel (I I) 01423 565167 (0) 01423 530890 &BSAPUk~q, aol. corn&
Treasurer: Dan I lu«hes 6308 - 9 Luxford Road, 'I ollwood Park, Crowhorough. B.Sussex TN6 2XQ1 el: (I I) 01892 652546 &CDA I lughesPa, email. msn corn&
Memhers:dL 'I'rustee: Tim Weimer 4158 - 5 Silverdale Road, Soutliaillpion, I)ants SOI 5 2N(i (I I) 01703 638310I'eter I=Itis 7125 - 46 Ford Street, Moretonharnpstead, Devon TQI 3 8NL Tel(l I) 01647 440797Jim Hazlett 6630 - 33 I lilt Farm Avenue, Whitestone, Nuneaton, Warl s CVI I 6TU Tel (11) 02476 343176Mike Plant 7327 - 75 Burhridge Way, Tottenham, London N17 9AII, Tel: (Il) 0181 365 0054 (0) 0171 493 7771Alan 'Ioms 7391 - 6 kings Road, Biggin I)ill. kent TN16 3XU Tel (11) 01959 74846 &ATOMS9341c~ccs corn&
Peter Phillips 6905 - 28 Cemmaes Court Road, I lcmcl I lempstead, I lcrts I IP I I SU Tel: (I l)01442 244919 (O)0207444 1873 &petcrhp(q'Iineoneinet&
Otlie! Ti.ustee:Allen Lucas 4393 - 7 I la&sums Close, Chipping Campden. Oloucs OI.» 6111 (I I) 01386 841800
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