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Life & Work in Nyasaland:
With kind permission of Mpemba Books, owners of the copyright, we are able to reproduce articles included in Colin Baker's books 'Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland'. These will be added to the website from time to time in no set order.
To
access those now included click here.

Gordon Samuel ~ RIP
It is sad to report the passing of Gordon Samuel on 24th February 2024 aged 92. Following military service he joined the Fife Constabulary which included two years on peacekeeping duties in Cyprus before joining the Nyasaland Police in 1960, serving in Muzuzu, Limbe, Kanjedza, Zomba and Kasupe. Leaving in 1971 he went on to Police duties in Oman and Vanuatu and between contracts he was emplyed on security duties in the Ministry of Defence. On retirement he settled in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. His wife predeceased him, a son and two daughters survive him. Members were pleased to see Gordon, his wife Pat and daughter Sue at the Nypol Reunions in 2016 and 2017.

Talent indeed
Did you know that we had an artist serving in the Nyasland Police? Well, pictured left is a small part of a painting by Robin (Matey) Martin. He joined in March 1949 and it is of his bush house accommodation in Dedza circa 1949/50. The full painting takes in the background including Dedza mountain and indeed it is truly a work of art.
Click here to view the full picture which is also included in the Police Days Extra Gallery.
Curtesy of Anne Blackman

Paddy Chevalier ~ RIP
It is sad to report the passing of Paddy Chevalier on 4th February following a combination of pneumonia and Covid. She was 96, the widow of Frank Chevalier and well remembered by so many of us for her support and kindness. Frank achieved the senior rank of Deputy Commissioner in the Force before leaving in 1973 when they moved to South Africa. Frank found work there as senior security officer with Anglo American and on retirement in 1986 they made their home in Cape Town. In particular our members were very pleased to meet Paddy again, with Frank, at the 2007 Reunion.

Harold Williams
Nypol member Harold Williams joined the Nyasaland Police in March 1961 and proved a very sound and capable officer. He married locally and on leaving the Force settled in Malawi. Sadly he died of leukemia in 2011 (aged 72). Always forthright in his views it was perhaps inevitable that he became concerned with political issues where he considered circumstances were unaccepable. Pete Larson, an epidemiologist, has put together what he describes as a short, pseudo-obit which is a facinating account of Harold and his activities since leaving the Police.
Click here to read it

Greetings from Down Under
On behalf of Members: "Thank you Alison McLennan for your New Year greetings" which heads your recent contact included in our 'Letters' page. Your comments are appreciated and your observations are surely in accord with which we are all familiar.
To read Alison's letter click here.

Eric Hopes - Belated Congratulations
Only very recently coming to notice but of interest is the fact that Eric Hopes (91), a former member was awarded the BEM in the New Year Honours 2023. Eric joined the Nyasaland Police in May 1960 following service in the East Suffolk County Constabulary (1953~1957) and Cyprus (1957~1960). His postings included the first spell at Lilongwe. On leaving in 1963 he returned to the Suffolk Constabulary where he had started his police career in 1949. Retiring in 1988 in the rank of Superintent he has since been active in the Suffolk Police Museum.
Click here for details     ~     Click here to go behind the scenes at the museum.
(Pictured left is Eric on joining the Nyasaland Police in 1960 and on the right outside Suffolk Police Headquarters, Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich, in 2022)

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