Rhodesian military records from 1890 to 1981

Rhodesian Services Association (Inc)

If you want to assist with this project or to join the Rhodesian Services Association please contact us.

We are a New Zealand registered charitable organization. We seek to preserve the military records and history of Rhodesia. Our goal is to build a museum in the Tauranga area of New Zealand in which to house and display our ever increasing collection of artifacts and archives.

In these pages we intend to avail the public of valuable records and resources for research and general interest.

We have a lot of work ahead of us – please lend your support to our Association in any way that you can – donations, financial membership, purchases through our CQ Store, remembering us in your will – it all helps.

DONATIONS New Zealand residents can email thecqstore@rhodesianservices.org to get our bank details or, if you live outside New Zealand you can make a donation using the button below via PayPal. If you are not registered with PayPal, on pressing the button below you will be given instruction how to make a credit card via PayPal. Thank you – every bit helps.


ABOUT OUR DATABASES:

Multiple records are to be expected. For instance, the BSAP issued a new service number when a policeman or woman signed on for a new contract period. Others may be recorded on different rolls where we have applicable information, eg: a person may appear on the Rhodesian Forces Nominal Roll and the Rhodesian Honours & Awards.

All the records that we have accessed are old; some are over 100 years old; many are handwritten – we have made every effort to be accurate and we have carefully cross referenced and corrected spelling and date details where possible however mistakes are inevitable and we welcome correction. Please use the contact form.

Rhodesian Roll of Honour – casualty details of soldiers in service at the time of death in Rhodesian units and of Rhodesians serving overseas from 1890 – 1981. Free access to all information, a fee is only applicable if a printable report is required.

Rhodesian Forces Nominal Rolls – details of soldiers who served in Rhodesian units and of Rhodesians serving overseas from 1890 – 1981. Fee applicable for printable record.

Rhodesian Honours & Awards – details of medals and awards made to Rhodesians covering mainly police and military service but also including civil and Fire Brigade from 1970 – 1980. Some records have images of sample medals or if possible photos of the recipient’s medal group. Fee applicable for printable record.

Associated Allied Forces & Commonwealth Monitoring Force – details forces allied to Rhodesia i.e.: Imperial troops serving in Rhodesia during the native rebellions, during the Anglo Boer War (Rhodesian Field Force), WWII (Rhodesian Air Training Group), South African forces in Rhodesia during the Bush War and the Commonwealth Monitoring Force of 1979 deployed to Rhodesia during the ceasefire.

TIPS FOR SEARCHING:

  1. Search in all sections because multiple records exist.
  2. Do not use special characters i.e.: use Francois not François.
  3. Try shortening search criteria to allow for alternate spelling eg: for Rennie and Renny try searching for ‘Ren’ or ‘Renn’
  4. Try alternate spelling eg: ‘Beach’ and ‘Beech’ also ‘MacDonald’ and ‘McDonald’
  5. Date search in the Rhodesian Roll of Honour section must be formatted in this manner 22/07/1977 if you are searching on 22 July 1977.
  6. Make use of the documents in the Keys to Abbreviations
  7. Whenever you begin a new search, use your back arrow button to return to your starting point at the opening page of the roll in order for your new search to check the complete roll.

Rhodesia Regiment volunteers depart Salisbury in 1899
on their way to the Anglo Boer War.

Current number of records in our databases:

Countless hours have been put into this project by way of research then data entry and final editing. At the time of opening this project to the public in August 2017 we will only have approximately a third of our envisaged material loaded. We recommend that you revisit this site at regular intervals to see what progress has been made. The search page of every contains a link where you can view a list of the component rolls.

Rhodesia Roll of Honour:
Records<>Photos
Rhodesian Forces Nominal Rolls:
Records
Rhodesian Honours & Awards:
Records
Associated Allied Forces & Commonwealth Monitoring Forces:
Records
2,998<>631 33,075 53 6,429

Total number of nominal records as of 1 September 2017: 42,555