Southern Rhodesia


 

Year

Rank

Given Names

Surname

Unit/Formation

Score

1926

Sergeant

F. G.

Elliott

British South Africa Police

unknown - (email me information)

1927

CQMS

Fred Hilton

Morgan (MBE)

Territorial Force

unknown - (email me information)

1928

CQMS

Fred Hilton

Morgan (MBE) (2)

Territorial Force

unknown - (email me information)

1929

CQMS

Fred Hilton

Morgan (MBE) (3)

Territorial Force

unknown - (email me information)

1930

Sergeant

N. A.

Fereday

Territorial Force

unknown - (email me information)

1931

Sergeant

N. A.

Fereday (2)

Territorial Force

unknown - (email me information)

1932

Lieutenant

Fred Hilton

Morgan (MBE) (4)

Territorial Force

unknown - (email me information)

1933

CQMS

N. A.

Fereday (3)

1st Bn Salisbury Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1934

CQMS

N. A.

Fereday (4)

1st Bn Salisbury Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1935

Rifleman

D. F.

Butcher

2nd Bn Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1936 Pipe Major A. Macbean 1st Bn Rhodesia Regiment unknown - (email me information)

1937

Rifleman

P. J.

Cumming

1st Bn Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1938

Lieutenant

Fred Hilton

Morgan (MBE) (5)

2nd Bn Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1939

Sergeant

D. F.

Butcher (2)

The Rhosdesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1940

-

-

No Awards Made

-

-

1941

-

-

No Awards Made

-

-

1942

-

-

No Awards Made

-

-

1943

-

-

No Awards Made

-

-

1944

-

-

No Awards Made

-

-

1945

-

-

No Awards Made

-

-

1946

-

-

No Awards Made

-

-

1947

-

-

No Awards Made

-

-

1948

Sergeant Major

W. D. P.

Cook

1st Bn Royal Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1949

Sergeant

G.

Lamont

2nd Bn Royal Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1950

Sergeant

G.

Lamont (2)

2nd Bn Royal Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1951

Sergeant

G.

Lamont (3)

2nd Bn Royal Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1952

Inspector

Henry Roper

Cooke

British South Africa Police

unknown - (email me information)

Brackets indicate MBE not awarded at the time the Queen's medal was won.

  

FEDERATION OF RHODESIA AND NYASALAND AND THE BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA POLICE

Year

Rank

Given Names

Surname

Unit/Formation

Score

1953

Captain

Robert Victor

Allan DFC

1st Bn Royal Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1954

Rifleman

A. D.

Scates

1st Bn Royal Rhodesia Regiment

unknown - (email me information)

1955

-

-

no competition

-

-

1956

Staff Sergeant

Donald

Hollingworth

British South Africa Police

unknown - (email me information)

1957

Staff Sergeant

Donald

Hollingworth (2)

British South Africa Police

unknown - (email me information)

1958

Lieutenant

Michael Charles

Godfrey

Central Africa Command Training School (School of Infantry)

unknown - (email me information)

1959

Captain (Lt?)

Michael Charles

Godfrey (2)

1st King's African Rifles

unknown - (email me information)

1960

-

-

unknown or no competition held (email me information)

-

-

1961

-

-

unknown or no competition held (email me information)

-

-

1962

Inspector

Donald

Hollingworth (3)*

British South Africa Police

561

 

* Some controversy surrounded th 1962 competition. The winner, by score (562), was Corporal Technician Brian Gilpin, a member of the Royal Rhodesian Airforce. Despite protests from the Army commanders that Gilpin was not a member of the 'armed forces' for the purposes of the medal warrant and thereby inelligible to win the medal, the Minister of Defence insisted that the award ceremony take place and Gilpin was presented with the Army medal and wore an Army ribbon for a year. As a result of the controversy Rhodesia applied for, and was granted persmission to award the Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the Air Forces. The award was backdated to 1962 and the first two medals were presented in December 1963. One to Gilpin and the other to the RRAF winner for 1963. The 1962 Army medal was returned. As a result Hollingworth, as runner up in 1962, was awarded a bar to his existing medal. Hollingworth privately conceded that he found the entire episode quite embarrasing.

A similar situation had occurred previously in Canada involving LAC Gregory in 1938. However, in that case, LAC Gregory was denied a medal.

 

Federation dissolved in 1963

 

 

MILITARY FORCES OF RHODESIA AND THE BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA POLICE

Year

Rank

Given Names

Surname

Unit/Formation

Score

1963

Inspector

Donald

Hollingworth (4)

British South Africa Police

539

1964

Inspector

Barry William

Pratt

British South Africa Police

unknown - (email me information)

1965

Inspector

William Hewey

Osborne

British South Africa Police

unknown - (email me information)

11 November 1965 - Universal Declaration of Independence. Links to British crown retained.

 

REPUBLIC OF RHODESIA

Year

Rank

Given Names

Surname

Unit/Formation

Score

1966

Warant Officer II

A. K.

Tourle

1st Rhodesian Light Infantry

unknown - (email me information)

1967

Sergeant

M. J.

Cary

1 Engineer Squadron

unknown - (email me information)


Year

Rank

Given Names

Surname

Unit/Formation

Score

1968

Inspector

David George

Toddun

British South Africa Police

637

1969

Colour Sergeant

Peter F. G.

Maunder

Special Air Service

628

 2 March 1970 - Rhodesia severs ties with the British Crown

THE PRESIDENTS MEDAL

The Presidents Medal for Shooting of the Security Forces.

Made of silver, diameter of 36mm, the obverse depicts a kneeling Pioneer rifleman, the words "Champion Shot in the Rhodesian Security Forces" encircling it.

The name position is on the rim. A year clasp is also awarded. A silver rosette is on the ribbon.

(image and text source: http://rhodesian-chronicle.co.uk/medals.htm).

Year

Rank

Given Names

Surname

Unit/Formation

Score

1970

Inspector

David George

Toddun(2)**

British South Africa Police

674 (New Record)

1971

Inspector

David George

Toddun (3)

British South Africa Police

unknown - (email me information)

1972

Staff Sergeant

G. R.

James

Rhodesian Army

unknown - (email me information)

1973

Staff Sergeant

G. R.

James (2)

Rhodesian Army

(684?) (Medal awarded in 1974) unknown - (email me information)

1974

Sergeant

J. C.

Lamprecht

Rhodesian Air Force

unknown - (email me information)

1975

Lieutenant

P. A.

Miller

Rhodesian Army

unknown - (email me information)

1976

Sergeant

J. C.

Lamprecht (2)

Rhodesian Air Force

unknown - (email me information)

1977

-

-

(Tarr?) unknown - (email me information)

-

-

1978

Chief Inspector (Technician)

David George

Toddun (4)**

British South Africa Police. (Fort Victoria Signals)

687 (record score)

1979

Field Reservist

Wrexford (Wrex) Windsor

Tarr (2)

British South Africa Police

670

1980

-

-

believed no competition held (email me information)

-

-

**indicates the recipient has also previously won the Queen's Medal.

Independance from United Kingdom on 18 April 1980

Republic of Zimbabwe

THE PRESIDENTS MEDAL

 

 

Year

Rank

Given Names

Surname

Unit/Formation

Score

1981 - - unknown (email me information) - -
1982 - - unknown (email me information) - -
1983 Special Constable Colin Macdonnell Police 637/750

Further recipients unknown - (email me information)

A Short History of Rhodesia

1890 - 1900

On the 13th September 1890 Lieutenant Tyndale - Biscoe of the Pioneer column, hoisted the Union Jack on a tree at the site which was to become Salisbury, capital city of Rhodesia.

1900 - 1923

Rhodesia was administered by the British South Africa Company until the referendum of 1923.

At this referendum, the people of Rhodesia chose to become a self governing dominion within the British Empire, rather than a province of South Africa.

1953 - 1963

In 1953, a Federation was formed with the British colonies of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and Nyasaland (now Malawi).

1963 - 1968

As a direct consequence of the British governments rush to leave Africa, the Federation was dissolved in 1963.

Southern Rhodesia reverted to its dominion status.

On the 11th November 1965, Southern Rhodesia declared itself independent from the British Empire and became the Republic of Rhodesia (UDI) Links to British Crown maintained by Rhodesia.

1968 - 1979

The classic green and white flag was adopted in 1968.

In 1970, Rhodesia declared itself a republic, severing its links to the British crown.

1978 - 1980

In 1978, an agreement was reached with the moderate black African nationalist leaders for majority rule.

Election held in April 1979 resulted in Abel Muzorewa becoming the nominal Prime Minster on 1 June 1979 and the country adopted the new name of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.

Lancaster House agreement concluded late in 1979. UDI ends. Rhodesia reverts briefly to status of a British Colony - The British Dependency of Southern Rhodesia.

General Election held in 1980 resulting in independance as the Republic of Rhodesia.

Information courtesy of Peter Maunder and http://rhodesian-chronicle.co.uk/medals.htm

 

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