Matey's Memoirs
"Keeping the Queen's Peace in the Land of the Lake"
by Robin Martin

In chapters three, four and five, of his above titled book Robin Martin writes of the time he spent in the Nyasaland Police. Courtesy of his daughter, Anne Blackman, these chapters have been made available here and can be viewed as set out below.

Chapter 3 - Slow Boat to Beira

Chapter 4 - From Zomba to Dedza
Chapter 4 - From Zomba to Dedza - Part 1
To follow

Malawi - Nyasaland Historical Moments
"This Facebook page is all about Friendship, Banter, Memories, Nostalgia, Good times and Good things and all that is positive. Above all it is a Group for people with a common love for the Country Nyasaland now Malawi".
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Michael Hunt
Nypol member Michael joins the ranks of our writing contingent, his speciality being adventure/thriller novels based on his his own travelling and work experiences. He was resident in Nyasaland/Malawi from 1956 to 1969 employed initiallly by APMB and then the Standard Bank. He served as a Reserve Constable and Inspector with the Nyasaland Police from 1958 before leaving Malawi. A Probation Officer in UK he took up writing when incapacitated by paralysis.  
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With the end of our annual reunions and the much enjoyed personal contacts made, is it possible that FOMA offers a possible alternative? This Association was formed in 1969 to foster friendship, goodwill and understanding between the people of UK and the people of Malawi. A number of our members have joined and membership is recommended. Events during the year normally include a Spring Meeting, which is a virtual Google (Zoom) Meet, in April and an Annual Re-union in the New Forest area in May. For further details visit the
FOMA website - forthcoming events or contact the secretary at

National Memorial Arboretum - Memorial Dedication
On 21st July 2011, the brilliant ideas and initiative of Founder Members Christopher Bean and Les Renno came to fruition with the dedication of the Nyasaland Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield, Staffs. Recordings of both the Memorial Dedication and the Reunion the previous evening were made and incorporated in a DVD entitled 'The Nyasaland Police Remembered'. Members, relatives and friends were in attendance, Canon Don Ruddle (former member of the Nyasaland Police) gave the blessing and there were introductory speeches by Christopher Bean and Professor Colin Baker. Although copies of the DVD were purchased at the time, there are many members who have not seen it. With the passing of time, many of those depicted have sadly passed on which may well provoke poignant memories but also an opportunity for us to remember them again. Therefore it is with gratitude that permission is granted by the Copyright holder for the reproduction of this DVD here for our benefit.

National Memorial Arboretum
The picture left is taken from the Memorial stone at the National Memorial Arboretum. Reflecting the detailed investigative research by Association Manager, Ken Wilkinson, it displays the information that a scroll containing the names of Officers who served in the Nyasaland Police is embedded within the structure.
For a list (two pages) of those names    


Christopher Bean was born into a police family in Yorkshire and joined the West Riding Constabulary as a cadet in 1952. For the next fifteen years or so he continued a career in the police service, in the Royal Corps of Military Police, the West Riding Constabulary, the Nyasaland Police and finally the Bechuanaland Protectorate Police.
This account re-lives his experiences of those years, many of which are difficult to believe in these relatively enlightened days, and which often humorously outline life in Africa some half a century ago.
Although the story starts in the Britain of the 1950s, it leads into a post-war Africa, with independence arriving in most of Africa and illustrating the enormous difference in police work in the UK in those days, and the exciting life of a colonial police officer.

By Vanessa Farmery
This is a collection of short pieces of writing by Association Member Vanessa Farmery, some of which are linked to the writer's life as extracts of memoir, travelogues and observations and some of which are fictional stories.

In Part One: 'Realms of Reality', readers will be transported from the warm heart of mid-twentieth century Africa to a snowscape of midwinter festivities in the Faroe Islands. En route there are diversions to Cambodia and the Caribbean; accounts about subjects as diverse as milk deliveries, driving tests and letter writing and encounters with exotic animals and avocados.

The characters who populate the tales in Part Two: 'Flights of Fancy' include Magda, a Polish migrant who finds hospitality in Hull; hard-boiled Rufus Rubio, an investigative reporter in hot water; Nate Smith who acts first and asks questions not at all; a quartet of family ghosts and the Stitchford Husbands, whose compliance rivals that of the Stepford Wives. The stories are set in locations that range from the backstreets of Buenos Aires to the ancient market of Samarkand, from a city destroyed by war to a picture perfect village, from a suburban kitchen to a crowded changing room.

This book is only available as Print on Demand.

Michael Hunt - Africa North to South
A brief history of the writing of Africa North to South – the sequel to Two Days in Tehran. Africa North to South, my fifth book, has been five years in the making, which is quicker than some of my others. In fact, I started my first - Matabele Gold - in 1992, which wasn’t published until 2003. Motivation for this one was, firstly, the prospect of not having a new book in the pipeline; secondly, I didn’t want to say goodbye to my characters from Two Days in Tehran, and thirdly, I liked the idea of using another overland experience as material for a travel, adventure and mystery-type story. While ‘The African Journals of Petros Amm’ and ‘The Divided Self of Lenny Benjamin’ were entirely imaginary, my two most recent have been grounded in my experiences of places in the Middle East and Africa. The route we followed and the lorries we used in 1973 were much the same as those my characters took six years later, albeit in the opposite direction. This means I’ve been able to illustrate the book with my own photos - which is why it’s a little more expensive than my other books. The reasons for the slight differences in rout and direction were to keep it historically accurate, since the story-line is based on actual events and political situations. You’ll find the book at

Volume 1 No 1 ~ September 1957
PART 1  (Pages 1-8)
PART 2  (Pages 9-15)
The Dhows
London Night Beat
Chief Katumbi's Maneater
7th Annual Police Sports
PART 3  (Pages 16-20)
Station Notes
My Impression of London
State Barazza: PMF Guard of Honour

PART 4  (Pages 21-30)
I Like being a Policeman because
Soccer News
Obituary - Sgt Geya

To read:     Click the required Part number heading


Barry has three books published, the first in 2016, the second in 2017 (2nd reprint) and the third this year which have been sold through various means, including the FCO Association, and the Glosters museum in Gloucester. They are:

‘The Mists of Kirinyaga’

A novel; hard-back.
From 1952 to 1960, a State of Emergency existed in the British Colony of Kenya, and a large-scale colonial war fought against the Mau Mau. The novel contains occasional reference to certain events and personalities, but none of the characters should be identified with any living person, then or now. It is a work of fiction, set in an historical context.

‘A Varied Life’
Autobiography; hard-back (with photos).
The book follows Barry's life, with seven chapters devoted to his time in the Nyasaland/Malawi Police from 1961 to 1968. The remainder (a further twenty three chapters covering service in the "The Glosters", in Kenya, Cyprus, Aden and Yemen Border, Persian Gulf and Germany; plus twenty seven years in HM Diplomatic Service’ in East Pakistan/Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Italy, Turkey and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London.
‘One Under the Eight’

A collection of short stories; paper-back.
This small collection of short stories undoubtedly has an emphasis on war, or warlike activities. Although often based on either Barry’s personal experiences or stories told to him, they are fictional, and not autobiographical. However, the stories are clearly influenced by events in his life, particularly the two tales involving his time in the army, when serving as a Boy Soldier.

Professor Colin Baker (1929-2018)
Colin Baker lived in Nyasaland-Malawi from 1954 to 1971, first as an Assistant District Commissioner and then District Commissioner before being appointed Under Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet and founder Principal of the Institute of Public Administration in the University of Malawi. He left Malawi with his family in 1971, and after three years as Director of the post graduate Institute of Administration in the University of Ife, Nigeria, he returned to Britain and joined the staff of the University of South Wales where he became founder Director of the Business School, Dean of Professional Studies and Assistant Director of the University. He retired from these posts in 1995 and was appointed Professor Emeritus, Honorary Fellow and Research Professor, devoting his time to researching aspects of Nyasaland-Malawi’s history. He held the degrees of Bachelor of Arts of the University of Birmingham, the degrees of Bachelor of Laws, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy of the University of London, and the degree of Doctor of Letters of the University of Glamorgan.

For comprehensive reviews of all six volumes of Colin's published books
‘Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland’
 to visit "The Library".

BRIAN BURGESS (1931-2014)
Brian joined the Nyasaland Police in August 1954 and was stationed variously throughout his career including Chriradzulu when, on 19th October 1958, there occurred the first fatal aircrash in Nyasaland when a DC3 aircraft crashed into the the mountain there killing all six on board. He married into a local expatriate family and on leaving the Police settled on Zomda plateau. Having obtained a commercial pilot's licence he managed his own air charter business for some time. A man of many parts he was a keen equestrian and it is in this latter role that put together an obituary to reflect this interest.
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MALCOLM LLEWELYN CPM - "My Life in the Nyasaland Police"
This book was put together by the late Malcolm Llewelyn. He served in the Nyasaland Police from 1951 to 1963. During his time there he saw service in just about every department from action with the PMF to admin duties in HQ Zomba and was detailed for a variety of duties throughout the country - from Port Herald to Karonga. Consequently he was well known, he was justifiably well regarded by his superiors, very well liked and popular with his colleagues both senior and junior. He has covered his time with remarkable detail of both his work and of his colleagues. The very generous but limited offer of free copies was closed after son Ian LLewelyn and family distributed some 50 copies to friends and Nypol members. However copies are avilable for purchase at the very reasonable price of £8.00 including postage. For further information contact Nypol by email at

Action on the Lake
Vanessa Farmery reminds us with this linked video that the first naval action of the First World War took place on Lake Nyasa. Left is the German steamship 'Hermann von Wissmann' which, in the 1890s, was engaged on the lake as an anti-slavery gunboat. Also on the lake was the British vessel 'SS Guendolen', launched in 1899, which plied the lake carrying goods and passengers on a 15-day round trip visiting the various ports. On 13th August 1914, some two weeks after the outbreak of war, the Guendolen commanded by Captain Edmund Rhoades, found the Wissmann on a slipway at Liuli (Tanzania now but then German East Africa) and attacked it. This took Captain Berndt of the Wissmann totally by surprise having been unaware that war had been declared. As normally friends and drinking partners it is said that Bernt jumped into a boat and approached the Gwendolen accusing Rhoades of being drunk - only to be taken prisoner! The action disabled the Wissmann briefly but in 1915 it was completely put out of action.
Click here to view this interesting video
Origin: Vanessa Farmery - February 2019

David O'Neil (1932-2018)
David served in the Nyasaland Police for eight years, 1956 - 1964. Having interests in flying and sailing, he learned to fly with the RAF during his National Service and started sailing boats on Lake Nyasa. On return to UK he worked as a management consultant in southern England for some 20 years, moving to his homeland, Scotland, in 1980 where he became a tour guide. A talented artist and photographer he started writing in 2006, a Scottish tour guide initially, two others subsequently and his first novel in 2007 with a further twenty plus since as well as a collection of short stories in e-form only. His novels cover a range of topics but in the main, probably, historical fiction of life at sea in the days of sail and since.
For a list of his works plus a short CV:
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Saving the Day
His latest book, "Saving the Day", published July 2018 is an Anton Chance sea thriller where our hero finds himself in troubled times following the Treaty of Utrecht. In command of HMS Ashanti his reponsibilities grow with other ships in support and action ashore. Facing insurmountable dangers he has to defend the vessels and their crews against overwhelming odds. He perseveres but only with short respite when after upgrading in rank to Captain he and his valiant companions confront challenges yet unseen.
      Click here for the David O'Neil Short Story ~ "The Saga of Arthur Watson"

Colin M. Beer
Colin served in the Nyasaland Police for some three years, 1959 - 1962 and previously in Kenya, and in particular he was well versed in the para-military aspects of the Police Mobile Force and went on to similar employment elsewhere. Using his considerable experience gained over the years he has put together the specialist book 'On Revolutionary War' which was published in 1990.
Very well regarded and included in the library bibliographies of both RMA Sandhurst and the US Army War College the book is of 180 pages plus illustrations and examines the theory and practice of both insurgency and counter insurgency and includes case studies from Congo, Kenya, Rhodesia, Angola and Kurdistan.
As a Google E books download, it is given 5 out of 5 stars, based on over 2,600 votes and as described by long standing friend, Nypol Association Member Ken Wilkinson, "This is an excellent and very well written book!"
To view on Amazon with prices:
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The King's African Rifles/The Malawi Rifles
There was always a close relationship between the Police and Nyasaland Battalion of the King's African Rifles and this continued after independence between the renamed Malawi Police and the Malawi Rifles where PMF and Army units were often deployed together. There remains a mutual interest and following the presentation of new colours to the battalion Vanessa Farmery has put together an excellent CD of the full parade featuring the very fine regimental band. Copies are available at the modest cost of £4.99. With any profit going towards administration costs this is good way to support the continuation of the Nypol association. Email your request to purchase to (Note: The picture of the 2 KAR flag (left) is with the kind permission of Greg Koll)

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